So…what should the theme be….well…here’s what I’m thinking now.
In less than six months I’ll be 50. (!) One would think that by now I would have learned some things in this life….I hope that’s the case.
My own mom died at age 55. I find myself thinking of her so often as I draw nearer to that age myself. She was so young. There are so many things I wish I knew about her that I don’t…so many conversations I wish we could have had. I wish she could have seen Laurinda and Michael as adults. I wish she could have seen the twists and paths my own life has taken, and seen the person I turned out to be as an adult. I was barely 25 when she died….still in that very self-centered phase of life and so the questions didn’t occur to me then as they do now.
So…why the title of The Velvet Room? It was one of my favourite books as a child. Really I don’t remember everything that the book was about, but I remember the description of the velvet room and how it drew me in. Introspective and introverted as a child (not much has changed!) it comforted me and allowed me to escape for a while.
Check it out. The Velvet Room by Zilpha Snyder http://www.amazon.com/Velvet-Room-Zilpha-Keatley-Snyder/dp/0595321836 and see if it doesn’t captivate you as well. I am going to go through the box of kids books in my attic and see if I can find it to reread as well.