“The story begins on an afternoon when Edmund and Lucy were stealing a few precious minutes alone together. And of course they were talking about Narnia, which was the name of their own private and secret country. Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country. Edmund and Lucy were luckier than other people in that respect. Their secret country was real. They had already visited it twice; not in a game or a dream but in reality. They had got there of course by Magic, which is the only way of getting to Narnia. And a promise, or very nearly a promise, had been made them in Narnia itself that they would some day get back. You may imagine that they talked about it a good deal, when they got the chance” (C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader).
I will be going back to Narnia this year.
Some people have favorite vacation destinations like Gatlinburg or Rosemary Beach. I like Narnia. It’s way more affordable and I can visit whenever the notion strikes me.
Middle Earth is another good place to revisit, especially with all those hobbits and elves and wizards keeping things interesting. There’s never a dull moment in the Shire.
That’s it. Notice has been served. I will most definitely be re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia as well as The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (and quite possibly The Silmarillion).
Gird your loins, folks. It’s about to get real.