What is magic? There’s the Harry Potter/ Gandalf wizarding kind, but I’d also like to make the case for a subtler kind of magic that’s sometimes easy to miss. The kind of accessible, everyday magic I find in flowers. And laughter.
When I was first writing Forget-Her-Nots, lots of people – critique partners and editors I met at conferences - wanted me to make it an all-out, whizz-bang fantasy novel. They wanted flower witches and warlocks and the grand, showy kind of spells. I resisted, because I wanted my novel to have more of a connection to the rhythm of ordinary lives. I want anyone who reads my novel to wonder: is the magic of flowers possible in my own life?
My answer is definitely! It’s a statistically proven fact that receiving a gift of flowers can make you smile and brighten your life for several days. Spending time outdoors with trees and flowers has repeatedly been shown to be healthy for us. As I said in my guest post for the Book Butterfly, science is finally catching up with our intuition that we need the magic of flowers in our lives. (http://butterflybookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/spread-flower-love-blog-tour-amy.html .)
In fact, doesn’t it seem kind of magic that more beauty and sweet scents in our lives can make us happier? And now that spring is here, plant a tiny flower seed in warming soil and watch it transform itself out of sun, water, and earth. Just try to tell me there’s not a kind of magic in that!
A few days ago, I heard the Dalai Lama laugh in a radio interview. His laughter was infectious, like sweet like bells ringing through me. His personality and his joy rode the radio waves out into the universe. I couldn’t help smiling. Flowers and laughter are the most magical things I know.
If there is such a thing as everyday magic, perhaps that’s what novels described as “magic realism” are getting at. There is a magic in our everyday lives, whether we choose to see it or not. Sometimes you have to be looking for something to be able to see it. Lots of readers have told me that they see flowers differently after reading my novel. They are more attuned to the transformative possibilities of blooms. Yay!
So what’s magical in your life today?
I hope happiness returns to you all. After this dreadful weather we've had so far I think we could all use a breath of fresh air!
(Personally, its one of my favorite flowers!)
Until next time,