Wick

I don’t care if you think less of me for it: The Secret Garden is one of the greatest books ever, and the movie (1993) is perfection. Magical. Maybe my favorite movie of all time (except my other favorites).

Remember the part in the movie where Dickon tells Mary that the garden is still wick?

Rather than go put in the movie (since it’s past midnight and almost 1am already), I got out my handy-dandy pocket-sized edition of The Secret Garden to look up the wick part. And then I realized, I don’t own a regular-sized edition! How is this possible?! Someone buy me one, quick!

So Mary shows Dickon the secret garden and worries that it’s dead.

‘Is that one quite alive – quite?’

Dickon curved his wide smiling mouth.

‘It’s as wick as you or me,’ he said; and Mary remembered that Martha had told her that ‘wick’ meant ‘alive’ or ‘lively’.

‘I’m glad it’s wick!’ she cried out in her whisper. ‘I want them all to be wick. Let us go round the garden and count how many wick ones there are.’

. . . He knelt and with his knife cut the lifeless-looking branch through, not far above the earth.

‘There!’ he said exultantly. ‘I told thee so. There’s green in that wood yet. Look at it.’

Mary was down on her knees before he spoke, gazing with all her might.

‘When it looks a bit greenish and juicy like that, it’s wick,’ he explained.

I do have a point, besides letting you read that excellent excerpt from that excellent book. I’m sure I told you already that Evan wants a Totoro party for his birthday. Pretty much zero other kids his age know what Totoro is, so I went a very interpretive route for invitations.

Also, hopefully we can handle 4 other kids at our house for an hour. Are they still toddlers or have they moved on to preschoolers? Because June is a toddler, and there’s a big difference between her and Evan.

P.S. Evan is almost 3 years old. This is kind of a big deal.

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5 Comments on “Wick”

  1. KHLew says:

    How fun! I also love the movie (sorry–never read the book) and once I transcribed the dance-around-the-fire chant because it was so fun! Loved the music too. Now I may have to drag out the movie again. Hope the party goes well. I know from experience, that a 1-hour party is doable, even with little kids. As they age, it takes more like 1.5 hour-parties to accomplish everything.

    • Mika says:

      It’s a super great movie! I would even suggest you upgrade to a dvd copy…I bet you still have the bulky VHS case covered in dust. Bonus, my dvd of The Secret Garden also has The Little Princess on the other side. “Didn’t your father ever tell you you were a princess? Didn’t he? DIDN’T HE?”

  2. reneecgirl says:

    I love the secret garden and the little princess. I have neither in book or movie form. But I do have Totoro, and I think I seriously am going to crash Evan’s party. Nevermind the whol you live on the other side of the country thing, or the we ar ein the middle of a move thing, or the I have a 4 month old baby thing, I’m coming.

  3. RecessionCone says:

    Your invitations look splendid (as usual). But I feel like such a failure because I just cannot bring myself to enjoy Miyazaki. I keep trying. All my friends of good taste like Totoro (& Howl &…), so I feel like I’m missing something big. But here we are.


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