Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Rope Swing
Today, the faded red and white rope has been replaced with a thicker green and white one. The sturdy almond tree has two more playmates -- Patrick and Caroline -- and this time the rope swing has also become a prop in many plays. Superman has flown from many danger zones in his blue costume and red cape; Mr. Incredible has been flying. Peter Pan waits for the right angle of the sun. He knows when the sun will create the shadow he needs to find in Wendy's bedroom and he has sung "I'm Flying" so many times on that rope that I really do believe he is! Little Wendy is often right behind in her flowing jammies. We've had pirates, princesses, fairies, and yesterday Alice in Wonderland. Watching Caroline swing with that gorgeous almond blossom snow sprinkling some nature-made fairy dust created a moment of magic. She whispered and sang in a soft, soft voice. She jumped and created a twisty pattern with the rope. She leaped on and off and was lost in her world of play. Patrick strummed away with his guitar, badly, but it was a definite overture of sorts. Together they imagined and dreamed and pretended and played in a world of their own. For the briefest of moments a spell was cast on me and I could see their world. I could see the grace of child centered creativity, joy, freedom and flying. Most of all I could see the beauty of childhood and remember my own spell-bound hours in the Nature Area at the end of Duffy Court. Alice took me down the hole today and I fell in...
Have you been lost in a world of make believe? When? Where? What made that moment magical for you?