Little just came running through the house with a blanket, 3 random Legos snapped together and a plastic horse. He said he was going outside to play with Sam, his favorite neighborhood dog. Why, you might ask, would he need those accessories? Good question. But I guarantee he knew exactly why he wanted each specific item.
It made me realize how differently my kids and I see the same things.
I see three mismatched plastic animals, two Matchbox cars and a boy who’s going to get poked all night long. Little sees loved ones who need some good cuddling.
I see a pantry that could use some organization and scrubbing. Big sees quiche, cookies and recipes yet to be discovered.
I see a disaster waiting to happen as I carry the laundry baskets to the washer. Little sees a world of bad guys and superheroes—where he still plays both, trying to determine which side he likes best.
I see weeds, dry patches and potential space for a coveted addition. Big sees a baseball field where he hits the ball so hard, “It might have gone to a whole nother world!”
I see olives and noodles that I just. want. him. to. eat. Little sees finger puppets and trumpets.
I see an open closet that someone was too lazy to close. Big sees a monster who won’t let him sleep.
I see a shadow on the ceiling, proof that it’s dark and time to go to sleep. Little sees a “witch on a moonlight ride” and wants another song.
I can’t help but wonder, when was the last time I really let my imagination run wild? Was it for play? Or in fear? I’m pretty confident I know the answer. And it’s a shame. Because if watching my kids is any indication, my imagination has all kinds of wonderful potential. I think it’s time to dust it off and find out just where it can take me.
This post was inspired by The Costume Trunk by Bob Fuller. In this sweet children’s book, Courtney and her friends discover the magical world of Paddywhack Lane where all they need is their imagination to have fun. As a member of From Left to Write book club, I received a copy as fodder for this post. All opinions are my own. You can read other members’ posts starting July 28th at From Left to Write.
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