The Art And Magic Of Make Believe.

At the age of 23, I am still a firm believer in the art and play of make-believe.
However, to foster and nurture that, it starts as children, and in children it starts with the mother.
It starts with giving plenty of good wholesome books to read, wooden castles and dolls houses, with dolls, and music, and cooking good food. It is the mother listening to the hour-long-story, letting your child help in the kitchen, investing time and love.

Peter Pan is a story that gives you a look at life through the eyes of a child.

James Barrie had a very rare and wonderful gift (that so very many in this world have lost, far too soon) he remained in "Neverland".

He must have, to be able to so accurately describe in such detail the view of life from childhood.

Peter Pan and The Adventures Of Alice In Wonderland remain two of my forever favorite books. They are where I go to find a place where time has stopped, and only the World of Make Believe continues.

It is a rare and wonderful thing, the world of fairies and elves, of hobbits and dwarves, of white rabbits, and kings, queens, mermaids and mermen, talking animals, giants, and rabbits that are real. We take it so for granted, but few truly still have it and do not take the time to preserve it in the minds and hearts of the young.

It is far too easy to grow up, and move on with life. And that is such a sad thing. Because we all need a little more dreaming in our lives. We all need a bit less reality (because, to be honest, reality is not all that fun, always), and a little more Make Believe.

So. Put aside the bills (for a bit!). Set aside the laundry. Stop the ticking clock. 

Wander a bit. Read a fairy tale. Draw a masterpiece. Build a tower. Dress like Pippi Longstocking. Dance like crazy. Dream big. Live life to the fullest. You only have one. There's no need to let go of the "other world" quite yet. No matter what your age. 

“Second to the right, and straight on till morning."
That, Peter had told Wendy, was the way to the Neverland”