“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein
The past week my life has been topsy-turvy. My imagination has been boosted into overdrive. My written words are short and appear in bursts of colors. I’ve read the same several dozen books over and over again. This creative surge has nothing to do with my current projects. I didn’t discover some super pill or eat a magic mushroom. My husband and I have simply spent the past 5 days with my 2 ½ year old grandson while his parents are away.
I see him frequently because they live nearby. But regular visits can’t compare to the exhausting responsibility of being a round-the-clock caregiver. I keep reminding myself, I’d done this before and survived. My grown daughter and said grandson are my proof.
Though I can’t remember the last time I felt this tired, and my normal routine is way out of whack, it’s been a fabulous experience because he’s reminded me about the important things in life. Such as:
It’s perfectly fine to burst out into a song in the middle of the grocery store, if the mood strikes.
Getting down on your hands and knees to look at a bug crawling in the driveway provides a whole new perspective to the world. The expectation of a reply to the question, “Where’s he going?” can act as a verbal writing prompt.
Sometimes you should stop everything you’re doing to spin in circles in the living room for no particular reason.
The most important use of a dining room table is to make a tent. Forts can be made out of any available materials.
It’s possible to travel in space, back in time, to the beach, or to undiscovered lands without leaving your bedroom.
Stuffed animals and other inanimate objects have a distinctive voice of their own and love to say what they’re thinking.
Kissing an owie and then placing a Dora or Diego Band-Aid on the spot really does make the hurt go away.
Crayons make great rocket ships.
An entire house can become the Village of Sodor for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
I’m confident now, that the next time I come up against the brick wall of writer’s block or my muse goes on an unplanned hiatus, I won’t panic as I’ve done in the past. Instead, I’ll simply sit back and try to look at the world through the eyes of a child.
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