If I had an imaginary Blue Castle, mine would be by the lake, so I could watch the storms roll in, heavy clouds and white-capped waves hurled against the shore. I'd have a house with lots of East-facing windows, so I could watch the sun rise and see the morning light speckle the walls. I would plant trees out front and back with low branches perfect for climbing, and I'd throw open all the windows to hear the birds sing.
I think my Blue Castle would be right on the edges of a small town with shops lined up on Main Street - the kind of town where people walk to the grocery store, and the cashier remembers your name when you go to pay. I'd live in a house with a small piano in the living room, even though I don't play very often, and I would have a room in the back of the house with nothing in it but books (and maybe a very comfortable chair)! If I was allowed to choose, I'd find myself someplace with a yard and a swing (or two), and a little wicker couch on the front porch. I'd have a big kitchen so I could throw loud, happy dinner parties, and have my grade 11 students over to make cookies.
Valancy's Blue Castle was a glorious, dramatic mansion, but I think if I had the choice, I'd settle for a little less. I'd choose somewhere that looks a lot like the house I grew up in... somewhere like my grandparents' small little beach town. If I could live anywhere at all, the only place I really want to be is somewhere I can call "home" ... and mean it.
I daydreamed a little bit yesterday ... in your wildest dreams, where do you find yourself? If you had all the choices in the world, where would you like to live forever? What does your Blue Castle look like?
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