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Friday, March 7, 2008

A Goodnight Lullaby to the Artist

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Once upon a time, there was a boy who had trouble sleeping. His friend wanted so very much to help him fall asleep, but how to do this? , she asked herself...

One day, the boy said to his friend Maggie, “Maggie, I so, so want to sleep but when I close my eyes at night, all I can do is think...about...well...everything! And then I’m filled with colours and lines and words.”

Maggie thought for a moment, then took her friend Jacob’s hand, and led him to an old shack on the pier near their cottages on Lake Bluebird. When they entered the old shack, Jacob was speechless. “Oh my,” he muttered after rubbing his eyes, “Wherever did all these colours and lines and words come from?”

Maggie told her friend that she, too, sometimes had trouble sleeping, but she had found a way to negotiate with her imagination. She had gathered every colour she could find...from the sky and the earth and the sea, and she then gathered every line she could catch...from the horizon and the sun and the stars. Then she gathered all the words from every book she ever read and brought them all out to the old shack on the pier. All the colours and lines and words came together that night, and she sighed a sigh of contentment. Maggie went back to bed and slept for three whole days.

And so, whenever she couldn’t sleep, Maggie came to visit all that she had gathered in the old shack on Lake Bluebird, returned to her bed, closed her eyes and slept oh so soundly.

Jacob asked his dear friend if he might borrow her colours and lines and words...

“Of course!” Maggie answered. “What are friends for?”

Jacob smiled. Maggie gave her dear friend the only other gold key to the old shack on the pier. Oh so very pleased, Jacob said 'Thank you' , and the two friends walked back to their cottages hand in hand.

“See you after supper!” Maggie shouted from her porch.

“Okay!” Jacob hollered back, “Meet me at the boardwalk. I’ll let you use the purple chalk tonight.”

Yellow purple orange /.<friend love key sleep

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