Bedtime Stories



Lately, I have been thinking a lot about a tattoo that I want to get. Yes, it’s a typically ‘writer’ tattoo – even with words. But the problem is that I have so many words floating about in my head – I have no idea which ones to choose.

And so I turned to my love of stories – other people’s work. And it got me thinking about the stories that have influenced my life, and especially the stories that I loved as a child.


My favourite books as a little person were J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ and the adventures of Neverland. I also loved all of the Beatrix Potter books, and I loved Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. These are all books that I still have sitting on my shelf at home, books that as I pass by them, I feel a real sense of solidarity and grounding. These stories have been in my life for as long as I can remember, and hopefully they always will be.


For months, my daughter has been obsessed with anything with an engine, whether it’s a helicopter, a plane, a car, a bus, trains, and even motorbikes. Now she’s starting to turn her eye to diggers and graders, and all of those wonderful pieces of engineering machinery. But recently she has also fallen in love with Tinkerbell, from the Disney movies.


My mother nicknamed me Tinkerbell (Tink for short) and she has always called me that. And hilariously, I have been (nick)named after the mischievous little fairy from Peter Pan.


In the movie ‘Hook’, one of my old favourites, there is something that Tinkerbell says in the film that has always resonated with me.


“You know that place between sleep and awake? That’s where I’ll always love you… that’s where I’ll be waiting.”


And so… I’m seriously considering tattooing a passage like this one on myself. Something that gives me grounding, and wonderful memories of those bedtime stories from my childhood that I have always loved.


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