“…in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
It doesn’t seem that long ago when the wardrobe doors opened for the first time and ushered our little Sam inside, eleven months to be exact.
Tonight, before Sam was tucked into bed, Joe read aloud the very last chapter of The Last Battle, a day that has been highly anticipated in our home in recent months.
It’s hard to measure or describe the shape our family has taken this past year because of these stories, but even more so because of the profound effect they’ve had on our son. After each book was read aloud by Joe, we would then let Sam listen to the audio version for a few weeks before moving on to the next book in the series. This proved to only deepen Sam’s fascination and love for the world of Narnia- a flame which we were happy to fan. Those closest to us know that if you want to reach in and open up Sam’s heart and mind (and mouth for hours on end), a sure way to do that is through his dear friends Peter and Edmund and Aslan and Lucy.
When a friend of ours asked Sam if he would be sad when the last Narnia book was done, Sam confidently said:
“Nope, because after the 7th book is the 8th!”
Could there be such a book? our friend wondered.
“Yep! The Adventures of Edmund! I’m writing it!”
Sam continued with an excited grin on his face …
“I’m pretending to be C.S. Lewis!”
So what will we do now that we’ve finished? Where will we go from here? It seems the only answer that will suffice is this:
It’s time to begin again…