Here Be Dragons


When we were children, my father used to tell my sister and me the adventures of a boy called Roderick. We thought he made them up, but I later discovered they were mostly Greek and Roman myths retold. They usually had a moral at the end, one of which was:

You must always carry with you binoculars and an empty matchbox. Then, when you meet a dragon, you can quickly look at it through the wrong end of the binoculars, making it small enough to put in your matchbox. Do not attempt to throw the matchbox away, but put it at the back of a chest of drawers in the attic.

Some problems can’t be solved, or made to go away, but they can be dealt with if you learn how to think of them in the right way.

The illustration is ‘Furioso Dragon’ by Mac m 13, who uploaded it to Wikimedia

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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