According to a 6 year old….

pretending-is-real

 

Ian, my 6 year old, came up to me this week, and made this very profound statement. It really took me back (especially since he loves reading books on magic, dragons, and all kinds of fantasy creatures).

And I found myself so wrapped up in that thought. I’ve spent a lot of time as a mother valuing pretend play, imaginary play and all the ways that children experiment with that they know, see, fear and love. And that fact that he shows so much confidence in his pretending makes me so happy. But that he would take something like “magic,” recognize that it doesn’t exist, but acknowledge that anything can exist when he’s pretending it to, made me smile.

I love childhood. I really do. I don’t really know what I’ll do when my kids grow up, or when I grow up for that matter. I just won’t. That’s that.

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  • Kristin Marvin

    Wonderful words from Ian. We have always been about creativity here. My girls are referred to as “creative monsters” although the focus of that creativity has changed over the years (now 10 and 13). I love what kids come up with! I have to add this regarding kids and words of brilliance/wonder–my daughter (who knows about Santa but still went through the motions) left a letter for Santa and told him he should reconsider the next movie about himself as he has been stealing the spotlight from Jesus for far too long. Love it! Have a wonderful day!

  • Mindy Gillum

    Today my 3 year old insisted my car was an airplane. I needed to talk to the control tower before pulling out of the garage. Also, I needed to make sure tray tables were up and all seats in the upright position. Snacks would be pink cotton candy & caramel corn. I love how a drive to preschool can become an amazing adventure that changes everyday!

  • Gina

    Cute sketch to go with Ian’s great quote! Have a great day!!