|What do you see?|
I spent the afternoon and evening babysitting my 3 nieces, ages 3, 7 & 9, and I was reminded again about the fabulous imagination of the young.
At what point do most of us lose the ability to look at the ordinary and see so much more? When does it become important for everything we do and say to be believable?
My nieces can create a story with anything. Barbie and Ken have wild adventures climbing Mount Bed Frame and the squeeze toy animals cavort merrily at a party in the bathtub.
As a wannabe writer, I struggle to get even the words of a realistic story onto the page, but my nieces create stories out of sticks and leaves. Maybe if I start looking at things a little more unrealistically it will free my imagination as well.
And that pile of sticks and leaves above...well it's a fairy house of course! The purple leaves are the pillows on the beds, which are made of bark (that's hard to see in the picture). The green leaf on top is the flag to show the fairies where it is, the rock is the door, and the green leaf in front is the doormat for them to wipe their feet before they enter. All designs courtesy of a 3 year old, with a little help balancing sticks from Aunt Susan.