― Albert Einstein
This has been our world recently, lots of creative play. So many stories to tell. V has begun to dive into the world of creative play and it is such a joy to see. I love hearing S walk around the house telling stories about the little girl characters I made up, Lupine and Zinnia. She transfers and explores her daily life through stories, releasing her loves and fears into the characters.
Incredible things happen when you let a little magic in. I see that now, where as I didn’t before having children. I was too caught up in hating a certain mega company’s version of all the classic fairy tales. I wanted my girls to have nothing to do with them. So instead when S was ready for stories beyond board books, I bought an illustrated version of The Brothers Grimm. That changed her life entirely. Now when she’s out and the weather changes, she becomes a different weather fairy in an attempt to always wear her bathing suit (I believe she thinks is a fairy tutu costume).
In this age of super knowledge, it feels like fairy tales are a thing of the past. But they still have an important role to play for children (and their adults). It’s part of their work really. Before having my girls I had forgotten this. I forgotten the beauty of falling into a story and learning from its morals. I had forgotten it’s okay to believe in a bit of magic. I was too caught up in my adult world of hard things. S has taught me this. She pretends to be a fairy and fight off dragons while at the same time telling me that no there are no REAL dragons. She has shown me that she can dwell in both places like only children can and I am so happy that she has!