Day 355: Fictional Fathers: George Darling

George Darling is the father character in Barrie’s Peter Pan, and the Disney adaptation. In the stage musical, the same person typically plays Captain Hook and Mr. Darling. Both of them have grown unfond of youthful fun, and see as it an obstacle to progress and good sense.

At the end of the account, however, he looks out the window and sees Peter Pan’s ship flying away and remembers something of his childhood, how it felt to be young and fancy free, whimsical and imaginative.

As we get older, we too can lose this zest for life though we see it continue in our children. Perhaps we can let our children remind us of the things that we have forgotten, so that we do not become jaded toward life and youthful fun.


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