So, two days ago we got to go to Oxford. It was a beautiful town with dozens of ancient buildings towering over cobblestone streets. It’s amazing when you stop and think about how long the college town has been around and all the brilliant minds that have walked along the same roadways and crossed the same bridges. There’s so much history stuck in-between the brick and stone walls of Oxford. I would have enjoyed just wandering around for days, imagining.
I also got to go to The Eagle and Child. That was a notable experience. The Eagle and Child is one of the places where authors C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien regularly hung out together (along with several other well-known writers). I’m not into reading fantasy, but I’m amazed by their ability, talent and success.
I didn’t actually eat at The Eagle and Child, but we took some pictures and I walked around in it for a minute, just basking in the thought that I was in the same place that various brilliant literary works had been discussed and where writers have gathered since long before my birth.
I’m so thankful that I’m a writer. I find it thrilling to think that someday my work might inspire people like Lewis and Tolkien’s have inspired generations. It’s not always easy to keep going, but when I think of the benefits of not giving up, it makes it a lot easier.
What about you? Have you read books by these authors? Which is your favorite? Have you ever been to The Eagle and Child? Did you actually get to eat there? I’d be delighted to hear your thoughts!