I’ve been thinking a lot about my inner child lately. Perhaps because I’m teaching the Little Prince to my seniors, perhaps because my birthday is just around the corner, but most likely because I feel a deep longing to go back to the “good old days” when life was carefree. Lemonade stands, cartwheels on the grass, strawberry shortcake dolls, catching tadpoles while camping, being called inside when the streetlights came on. Childhood. It’s gone so soon and before we know it we’re raising our own little beings. But what they don’t know is that while they’re growing up, they’re actually witnessing us do the same. Sometimes I look at my reflection in the mirror and I feel like a fraud. Who I am to teach these beautiful souls about life when I feel like I’m just beginning to understand it myself?
And then a child somewhere in Des Moines, Washington reminds me to stand on the “ROCK OF POWER”. How many times have you walked by a magnificent rock and thought to yourself, “Now there is a powerful rock! I should stand on that and supercharge my powers!” If you’re like many people my age, that thought may not have occurred to you until these delightful children pointed it out. Luckily for me, my best friend lives in Des Moines, WA and she knew that this is the type of message that would make my day. And it did. The “Creators” reminded me of myself when I was younger. What joy I would find in a piece of chalk and a hopscotch court! What a simple way to transform concrete into a magical world of rainbows, mermaids and dragons. The imagination is such an incredible gift that many adults take for advantage. And lately life has been too hard to forget to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. I hope that as you stroll around your neighborhood in the beautiful spring days ahead that you’ll really see all that’s there around you. You don’t need sidewalk chalk, just your imagination. And who knows, maybe you’ll find your own Rock of Power to supercharge your powers on.
Note to self“See the world through the eyes of your inner child. The eyes that sparkle in awe and amazement as they see love, magic, and mystery in the most ordinary things” –Henna Sohail