All Children, Except One, Grow Up

by James Matthew Barrie

All children, except one, grow up.

They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this:

One day when she was two years old, she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother.

I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried,
‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this forever!’

This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up.

You always know after you are two.
Two is the beginning of the end.




Today is the anniversary of the death of the author of Peter Pan, James Matthew Barrie.

Barrie was inspired by Kensington Gardens.

In 1912, he commissioned Sir George Frampton to build the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. It's been a favorite of visitors to the park ever since.

Gardens and flowers were a tremendous source of inspiration from Barrie.

As featured on
The Daily Gardener podcast:

Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.
All Children, Except One, Grow Up

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