If I had to spend the rest of my life in either a library, museum or zoo, I would choose the museum hands down. Ever since I read ‘The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,’ I have wanted not to run away from something but to run to something like the characters in this book. The thought filled me with awe; it would be like entering a multitude of different worlds, different lives, all in the same place. I remember the part in the book, where Claudia slept in the bed that had belonged to somebody famous in history. I could almost feel myself there with her, snuggled down in scratchy sheets, dark, wide spaces all around me, dark shapes like monsters from other lands. Think of the knowledge available if you had days and months and years to learn it all instead of just a couple hours walk-through trying to take in as much as one can. Think of hours spend alone surrounded by Egyptian mummies or the dazzle of gems, lying under the reconstruction of a dinosaur or in a Viking longboat. Sleeping in the M*A*S*H* tent!
And all in secret. That is the part that thrills me so much. Maybe we all desire some form of secret in our lives, something that is ours and ours alone, a hidden connection that we can hold in our hearts as the rest of the world goes on around us. That is, after all, what the main character in the book wanted; a secret, something of her very own, to hold in her heart and cherish forever.
What secret do you wish you could have?