Blog 2731 – 04.21.2023
Did you ever read the sequel before reading the original? Though perhaps not the preferred order the author may have intended, writers are more interested in being read, often, and by many than in any particular reading order. When I find a writer that I enjoy reading I want to read everything that he or she has ever written.
C.S. Lewis was the first writer to so capture my imagination and devotion. There have been others, John Irving, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, and Dean Koontz, to name a few. No matter how prolific the writer there is still a certain sadness at reading the last of their published works.
Christians and other religious groups profess a deep belief in a sequel to come echoing the words of the Apostle, “If there is no heaven we are of all men most miserable.” Peggy Lee in the song at the end of this blog seemed pretty resigned that at her death she would experience the final disappointment, but she was not miserable because she had found as the Muppet’s Bandleader Doctor Tooth often expressed, “There’s a party all the time for them that choose.”
For all that I no longer believe that others may still believe I still believe in sequels. When I have exhausted all the writing of one writer, seen the final season finale, or listened to the last recording of a great singer/songwriter, I still believe in sequels, that there is always more to come from my loving and infinite source.
I have this sneaky suspicion that I have already lived countless lives in time and space and that there are many yet to come. One of my favorite Jesus quotes is, “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” Which I interpret to mean we can write as many sequels as we wish. I particularly enjoy the ones that end, “And they lived happily ever after.”
Your friend and fellow traveler,
The Cat In The Hat Comes Back
Peggy Lee – “Is That All There Is?” 1969 STEREO