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- DescriptionOh how wonderful it is to be young and have worldly concept of money and its value or inheritances. It is then that the goodness and kindness that is within each of us reaches out and touches the hearts of others, often when we are least aware of it. Actually, Fitzwilly hadn't really thought in terms of his lifetime. He lived from day to day and did real planning for the future (living in the moment) --- the young have little concept of such things unless they are taught to and in any case one who is on the road must roll with the punches and take life as it comes. This is one of the messages of the story --- a broader application of the principle is that we all are walking a path and must make our decisions based on the lessons as they crop up. Yes, we have planned our path in advance, but the veil has fallen and our lessons arrive seemingly unbidden and unexpected. The focus is on the need in each individual to march to their own drummer in spite of temptations to stray from their personal path of growth and discovery. The distractions may appear to be beneficial or needed and we may be thought foolish, even bad, for sticking to our own perception of the path but, in the final analysis, we must be true to ourselves, reading our own signposts and following our own destiny rather than taking direction from others. While we may bide a bit, tasting of the paths of others and may even kw that we will want to return to that byway some day in the future, we have a need to forge ahead on our own path of discovery. Some may fear that path and bide too long in ennui or lockstep marching. It is for them that this book is written, to give them the courage to seek the path less traveled, the new experiences, and their own way. Fitzwilly is everywhere, sometimes hiding in very ordinary people living very ordinary lives, who may even be afraid to follow their true path. We only need to look around us and within ourselves to find him. Ultimately, Fitzwilly trudges into the mist with Jem at his heels and two bancks in his pocket from the girl he loves, swearing to return and marry her some day, in the tradition of Wuthering Heights.
- Author BiographyWhen I began to write about Fitzwilly in 1993, it was a period of great stress in my personal life, a period of change --- job, children growing up, and so forth. It seemed as if he grew out of thin air and simply became as I accessed a state of my being from which I could watch him --- like in a movie. My fingers simply flew over the keys as I described what I saw him doing, feeling, and saying. It began, also, as a narrative for the most part, but then the characters began to develop of their own accord and began speaking to each other, as well. At first, I thought that Fitzwilly was a children's story, then I realized as the story grew that he was for adults (or, at least, 5th grade children) in the written form due to the richness of the verbiage, while younger children would love him as a movie or cartoon film, especially if well done with the details of the possibly unwed mother changed to suit the younger audience. It is a story of discovery and growth; of following our path and listening to our own inspiration and heart; of making our own choices and decisions; of being aware; and of having a positive attitude and love for our fellow man with wonderment in the Universe and in our being. My experience has brought me to believe that starving artists are productive, because their pain generates creative modes. Jane Kolar, author
- Author(s)Jane Kolar
- Date of Publication12/07/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight227 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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