Have you ever really, realllllly wanted – even needed – something to happen… and it didn’t?
Of course you have. We wouldn’t be human if we got everything we ever wanted.
But sometimes, it seems kind of cruel, doesn’t it?
I’ve been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the girls. I loved this book – and its sequel – as a child. I thought it rather silly as a twenty-year-old ‘grown-up’. Now, as an almost thirty-two-year-old mother, I think it borders on profound.
In my eyes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a treatise on the evils of greed, gluttony, and selfishness. The hero is none of those things; the other children are all of those things. The hero survives; the others are destroyed by their impulsiveness, obnoxiousness, and covetousness.
They see something, they need to have it, they go out and get it.
They’re not much different than you and I.