Sunday, 29 September 2013

Paddle to the Sea.

Paddle to the Sea. illustration by Holling Clancy Holling. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1941
'You, Little Traveller! You made the journey, the Long Journey. You know the things I have yet you know. You, Little Traveller! You were given a name, a true name in my father's lodge. Good medicine, Little Traveller! You are truly a Paddle Person, a Paddle-to-the-Sea!'

I reflect on the nature of Journey. I was strongly, profoundly influenced by the writing and illustrations of this man Holling Clancy Holling and his wife Lucille.

The nature of The Journey has emerged for me throughout my life to reveal the metaphor so lovingly woven into the fabric of this timeless story. I think of my Children that I have released into the world, the way in which their achievements come back to me like miracles to show me that one man alone cannot know and do everything.

Paddle to the Sea. illustration by Holling Clancy Holling. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1941
These two images of Paddle to the Sea are from the book by the same name by Holling Clancy Holling.

I acquired a second Coleman canoe that will be named "Paddle to the Sea" in honour of the legacy left to me by Holling and Lucile.

1 comment:

  1. As a young kid growing up in West Michigan in the 1950's, I had two of Mr. Holling's picture books: PTTS and Seabird. This summer, neighbor friends were going to ride their motorcycles around Lake Superior. On a whim, I asked if they would be stopping in Nipigon, ONT and they said they would. I asked them to look for a souvenir carving of the PTTS figure kneeling in his canoe. They returned empty handed, but with an email address for a Ms. Kukko, the Nipigon Economic Development officer. She very linkly explained that they were out of stock on carvings, but they would get back to me. I hope to have an 18" long carving in my collection soon to go with canoe carvings from Central America. PTTS will be in the front row, however!



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