If you know the story of Mary Poppins you’ll know that the children could only understand what the birds were saying when they were very young. Open hearts and minds; unfettered by responsibility, or yearning to be anything other than what they were; gave them a portal to endless wonders. Explanations were unnecessary – imagination a tool rather than a task. Peter Pan never grew up, Alice disappeared down a rabbit hole, and Dorothy travelled to Oz.
My early years were spent in those places. Never bored or at a loss for what to do, nothing seemed impossible. I devoured Greek mythology, could name every constellation in the night sky. There were forts to build, tunnels to dig, hollow logs to explore. I wasn’t afraid of trolls or goblins, I knew how to avoid their tricks. Fairies danced for me every evening, certain it was just a matter of time until they invited me for tea.
Not odd in any way, I grew up in a time of wonder from within. My spark wasn’t plugged into a wall, I didn’t need a new video game, most certainly wasn’t gripped by panic if unplugged.Content with exploring the world, happily able to understand every word the birds said.
Sentiment best described as sadness breaks my heart. Babies plunked in front of “baby TV” before they eat solid food, gadgets, electronic diversions,modern static obliterating all hope of talking to the birds. Children go digital before taking their first steps; how could they ever join fairies for tea. Imagination replaced by instant gratification, flashing lights and computer graphics. Watch a child howl in frustration, throwing their Playstation controller across the room in fits of rage when they don’t complete a level – ask yourself why Attention Deficit Disorder has become epidemic.
I’m certain I wouldn’t be who I am today had I not searched every tree stump for fairies.Hours spent with an eye to the world created acceptance of endless possibilities. Imagination and wonder are the tools needed to create open minds. We’re hammering that door shut and don’t seem to realize how devastating it is.
The fairies are extremely pissed off.