I Can See Your Halo!

Beyoncé aside, here's just an interesting observation: It seems that the weight of our spiritual childlikeness is in the tiny hands of young, blond, boys. Having just read A Wrinkle in Time (and moved on to the next installment, A Wind in the Door), little Charles Wallace stands out in poignant, penetrating beauty. He's a fantastic and wonderful character, yet oh so vulnerable and susceptible to the ignorant brutishness of the world. Yet he remains himself, of the world and yet living in and for a different promise of the world.
As a reward for helping Jessica pick up a Craig's List score (torn up blue couch + Jess = amazing possibilities) I got to look around Second Look Books, my new favorite local, used bookstore. Today I crouched in the Foreign Language section and (aside from being asked if I worked there, I must look serious) perused the French and German titles. We came away with Saint-Exupéry's Petit Prince, which contains another little blond hero whose devotion to a flower and love for the stars are frighteningly penetrating and encouraging.

And that of course brings us back to Diamond from MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind. Beautiful. Strange. Fragile. Strong.
So many salvific blond kids! I wonder if Dostoyevsky's Prince Mishkin was blond? C.S. Lewis is filled with many children of all hair colors, though Lucy may be blond (opposed to her depiction in the recent movies and the chilling BBC versions!) Carroll's Alice is of course a famous blond, though she strikes me as a far weaker example due to the dream state construction. The there's the plethora of Brothers Grimm Princess with golden locks: Allerleirauh, the girl who is cast from heaven for peeking at Dreieinigkeit, Dornroschen, not Schneewitchen. How about the Lorelei or the hair of Greek or Norse gods? Charlie Brown is stark bald, but Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes has the coolest cartoon hair ever!

It seems that we've left the theme a little. Blondness may have certain symbolic roots in literature, or at least German, French, English Lit. The importance lies in the individual characters themselves. I wonder what they'd talk about at the annual Blonde Christ Figure Convention. :)

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