Lessons From Enid Blyton

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There are books that teach you to get out of locked door and write in a secret letter in invisible ink. There are books about goblins that sometimes when you do the right thing, something miraculous happens! You feel good! Yes. Enid Blyton has taught me the most selfish reason to be good, it feels good!

Miss Theobald, the headmistress of St. Clares, Inspector Jenks, who climbs to higher posts as the series progresses, are, for those sad little men and women who didn’t read Enid Blyton as children, figures not unlike Dumbledore in the life changing Harry Potter series.

But Miss Grayling, headmistress at Malory Towers, has always held a special place in my heart. And here’s why!

“One day you will leave school and go out into the world as young women. You should take with you eager minds, kind hearts, and a will to help. You should take with you a good understanding of many things, and a willingness to accept responsibility and show yourselves as women to be loved and trusted. All these things you will be able to learn at Malory Towers – if you will. I do not count our success as those who have won scholarships and passed exams, though these are good things to do. I count our successes those who learn to be good hearted and kind, sensible and trustable, good, sound women the world can lean on. Our failures are those who do not learn these things in the years they are here.”

These are the words she uses as she addresses every girl newly admitted into her school. They warm my heart each time. And as I look at those words today, the trophies on my stand fade away, and I wonder aren’t those the kind of women we want in our organisations or even our homes? Isn’t that the kind of person you want to be?

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