Monday, June 09, 2008

Lies as Creative Truth?

When we were children:

You were immortal. You could outgrow everyone, given enough time. You couldn't read. You needed a comfort object, or felt incomplete. Everything was bigger. There was always the chance that something magical would happen, that the adults were keeping some fantastic secret you might stumble across tomorrow. You believed your parents.

Read this list, taken from Mexican Pictures

Lies I've told my 3 year old recently

Trees talk to each other at night.

All fish are named either Lorna or Jack.

Before your eyeballs fall out from watching too much TV, they get very loose.

Tiny bears live in drain pipes.

If you are very very quiet you can hear the clouds rub against the sky.

The moon and the sun had a fight a long time ago.

Everyone knows at least one secret language.

When nobody is looking, I can fly.

We are all held together by invisible threads.

Books get lonely too.

Sadness can be eaten.

I will always be there.

Have you noticed that we don't 'play' anymore? Do any of you sit down with stuffed animals or plastic toys and just play with them? Why is that? What have we lost? Is it a way of living inside our own minds? Is it a lack of self-consciousness?

Take today to play mind games with yourself. Pretend that the books ARE actually lonely, that your toys get up and move when you're not in the room, that animals CAN actually talk, but they're not supposed to.

Report back.


Also, check out this Flickr photostream of two parents who make their children's imaginations come to life by creating animals and objects that their children draw.


Feliza said...

And this is why I put up with my siblings: they get on my nerves, but we can all be kids together when we need to be.

Have you ever noticed that girls stop playing with Barbies? I liked my Barbies, tomboy that I was. They offered a lot of creative plotlines.

Opalyn said...

In Sweden, animals actually CAN talk. They walk around, talking about the weather and taxes.

Jenaisle said...

This has brought a smile to my lips. Is that supposed to be a gray lie or white lie? Because I am guilty of it too. "Don't go outside, there's an old woman lurking in the shadows."

We do have to bring back those times, where bonding is encouraged between family members and also interaction with peers.

Thanks for sharing.

Jaden said...

Savannah, I chose long ago to believe those lies until the day I die. Don't spoil it for me.


- Jaden