It’s more than just fairies and goblins. It’s an integral part of growing up!
Now for those of you that know me you’re aware of my love for Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, Narnia and all things that fall into the genre of make-believe. If there was a Nobel Prize for the worlds most gushing fantasy nerd I’d totally be in the running!
I’m aware Dragon Riders and The Lady of The Lake aren’t every totties cup of tea BUT fantasy fanatic or not you’ll agree with the heartbreak I felt when my 4 year old niece and 6 year old nephew told me magic wasn’t real!!
YES YOU READ RIGHT!!!
I don’t know what butt-head had the audacity to litter their brains with such codswallop but I was having none of it!!!
…..what did I do? First of all I built my very own fairy garden. I’ve been planning to do one for yonks but have just never got around to it. This little ‘episode’ was the perfect kick up the arse I needed to get my fairy loving self into gear.
I started with some cheap succulents and cacti I saw on a wee market stool in Truro. I then nicked bark chippings from the dump (classy, I know), found an old metal container behind my Gran’s garage that had about 10 years of rust and moss on it (perfect for the project at hand), raided my collection of standby pinecones and twigs (obvs life essentials I have taking up space in a my tiny bedroom) and I foraged around the garden for other naturey bits and bobs.
When the kiddies saw me creating this tub of fantasy wonder their curiosity was wildly ignited. I wouldn’t really let them help me because A) I’m a perfectionist control freak and B) I wanted them to really want to make their own, and guess what….
Especially as ‘fairies’ left me a toadstool the day after I created mine! (thanks mum)
We left it a couple of days and then Mum and I got another toadstool for Keira and a wee dragon for Kian, and well…see for yourself the result!
THERE WAS A VIDEO HERE! SADLY I’M NOT ALLOWED TO SHOW IT, WHICH SORT OF DEFEATS THE OBJECT OF THE POST BUT HEY HO, KILL JOYS WILL BE KILL JOYS!
(BASICALLY IT’S A VIDEO COMPILATION OF KIAN AND KEIRA BUILDING THEIR FAIRY HOUSE AND DRAGON NEST. THEN THEM COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL TO FIND THAT THE FAIRIES AND DRAGONS HAD BEEN. THEIR EXCITEMENT THAT MAGIC IS REAL IS BLOODY GORGEOUS AND HEART WARMING AND I’M REALLY VERY SORRY THAT I CAN’T SHOW IT TO YOU. THEIR PURE INNOCENT JOY AT THE FACT THAT MAGICAL CREATURES DO EXIST MADE MY DAY!!)
ANYWAYYY….ON WITH THE ORIGINAL POST…
My point isn’t to sway everyone to believing in fairies and to start dancing naked at the summer solstice. It is to make people realise that by allowing children to disbelieve in magic so soon is the first detrimental step towards ruining the use of imagination!
Imagination is a powerful tool that develops a young mind. It encourages people to resolve problems on their own. Fantasy fosters creative thinking where a child can learn problem solving which is an imperative skill to possess as an adult.
Why do you think we have a generation or two of adults who haven’t learned the art of resolving a conflict? Instead of teaching children that the world isn’t black and white, we put everything into a box for them and reject one fundamental human right; the right to imagine a world outside of their own.
Right now children imagine dragons and epic journeys across Middle Earth. In time this could develop into a hotel shaped like a dragon or the first Middle Earth themed aircraft.
When Kian and Keira grow up their wishes will ultimately turn into positive manifestations. Fairy stories will become memories of a happy childhood. Dis-believing in magic as a child is why society is becoming a big fat herd of sheep. A heard I want the tiny humans like my niece and nephew to stay well away from. Kindles replacing books, iPads replacing tree houses. It simply won’t do!
IT WON’T DO I SAY!!!
I leave you with a poem I wrote years ago, a pair of humans that are winning at being parents and some wise words from Mr. Dahl.