Most Bed & Breakfasts don’t even allow children. We do. All age groups are welcome. We have even fixed up The Periwinkle room for them, right beside the larger main bedroom their parents stay in. I designed this room myself with flea market gold, so it is fun and unusual and perfectly furnished for children.
I designed the room around my philosophy related to children. No, it isn’t something cooky and creepy nor am I seeking to parent anyone’s kids. I believe, that encouraging children’s imagination is at the core of happy children. In the Periwinkle Room, I seek to do this with my beautiful children’s library full of great books. Now, there are great books and there are books so great they are dangerous, because they alter the perspective and color the world for a life time after you read them. My children’s library is largely full of the latter.
We also keep art supplies so children can be expressive while they stay here. We love looking at the art they make. I have seen my crayons turned into a miniature colorful henge. I have seen them used as they were intended. I have seen all sorts of beautiful art come out of our child guests and sometimes it ends up on our refrigerator for quite some time.
I feel that reading transports children to other places, other time periods, other worlds….. All of them created in their mind as they read. Video games don’t do this. Oh there is nothing wrong with a video game now and then, or a tv show. But here on the farm we have no video games. Just books and games and art stuff. It is all too easy to walk into someone else’s clearly defined imagined world full of violence on a screen…. But a day will come when imagination ceases to come easily to children if the skill is not practiced.
What they imagine, they carry with them, valuable experience they take through the rest of their lives. And out here in the country, when it rains there is no out doors to go enjoy. Only the world inside one’s imagination inside a book….. And so, our children’s room is full of what inspires children’s imagination. A world beyond Disney cartoons, which are lovely, but still not quite the same as the fairy stories on our shelves.
Much of what is in The Periwinkle Room has been very carefully selected. I was trying to build what for me would have been a magical and ideal childhood. I lost most of my childhood to long stretches in the hospital and a horrific car accident. But I have pulled together bits and pieces that were so important that they have stayed with me through it all even when I have huge gaps in my memory of my childhood. So I know most of the books on the shelves of The Periwinkle Room and they are most of them very special.
We open up this room to traveling children and we put as much into it as possible because, being away from home can be boring. You don’t have your usual fun stuff. So we hope that ours will help ease the boredom of rainy days and missing home.
These are just some of the books from our library. We take great pride in offering visiting children an inspiring place to visit, even on rainy days.