“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” ― Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is such a charming name. How could she have possibly written anything other than the gentle children’s stories? To many of us, her life seems idyllic. She was intelligent, well-educated and lived in beautiful places. After a youthful loss, she married later in life and went on to become successful in her lifetime.

My sons never fully appreciated Peter Rabbit. I had hoped that Mr. Jeremy Fisher or even Tom Kitten might appeal to their juvenile taste, but they were neither adventurous or disgusting enough for those boys. My youngest granddaughter will sit through a story or two, but she has nice manners and is only four years old.