The late english poet and children's author Ted Hughes' collection of letters have been published now for a long time but gems are always found. The recent craze has been his letter to his son Nicholas, admitting he was younger than his son. He wrot of his inner child. This letter is very relevent to all on this forum, not just the ABs.

Some good quotes from this letter:

"But in many other ways obviously you are still childish ó how could you not be, you alone among mankind? Itís something people donít discuss, because itís something most people are aware of only as a general crisis of sense of inadequacy, or helpless dependence, or pointless loneliness..."

"Everybody tries to protect this vulnerable two three four five six seven eight year old inside, and to acquire skills and aptitudes for dealing with the situations that threaten to overwhelm it.

" Itís their humanity, their real individuality, the one that canít understand why it was born and that knows it will have to die, in no matter how crowded a place, quite on its own. Thatís the carrier of all the living qualities. Itís the centre of all the possible magic and revelation.

"And the only thing people regret is that they didnít live boldly enough, that they didnít invest enough heart, didnít love enough. Nothing else really counts at all."

This letter, although in common language is an invaluable source of knowlege for those of us seeking to understand the inner child and the alter or 'little' of the AB. Please read the letter in full so that you may better your understanding.

Ted Hughes on Our Universal Inner Child, in a Beautiful Letter to His Son | Brain Pickings

What do you think about the letter? Do you think it spoke the truth? Does it hit a note with you or do you disagree with it?

Elain xxx