There was a little boy who didn’t know if he wanted to be born.
His Mommy didn’t know if she wanted him to be born either.
This is because they lived in a cabin in the woods, on an island in a lake – and there was no one else around.
In the cabin, there was a door in the floor.
The little boy was afraid of what was underneath the door in the floor, and the mommy was afraid too.
Once, long ago, other children had come to visit the cabin for Christmas, but the children had opened the door in the floor and they disappeared down the hole.
The mommy had tried looking for the children, but when she opened the door in the floor she heard such an awful sound that her hair turned completely white, like the hair of a ghost.
And the mommy had seen some things, things so horrible you can’t imagine them.
And so the mommy wondered if she wanted to have a little boy – especially because of everything that might be under the door in the floor.
Then she thought: “Why not? I’ll just tell him not to open the door in the floor!”
Yet the little boy still didn’t know if he wanted to be born into a world that had a door in the floor.
But there were some beautiful things in the woods, on an island, in the lake.
“Why not take a chance?” the little boy thought.
So he was born, and he was very happy.
And his mommy was even happy again too, although she told the boy at least once everyday, “Don’t you ever, not ever – never, never, never open the door in the floor!”
But of course he was only a little boy.
If you were that boy, wouldn’t you want to open that door in the floor?
This is the children’s story that Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges from “The Door in the Floor”) wrote in the film/novel. The novel “A Widow for One Year” written by John Irving is what the film is based on. Visit Jeff Bridges website if you’d like to see more.