The Daily Prompt.
Missive : The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?
And then this young man made it even more of a deal by his tug-of-war suggestion.
Let’s have fun with this one folks!!
For me it’s no contest really.
I’m all for fun and harmless fiction. Especially while you’re a kid. The fantasies you come across are there to help you build up an imagination. You need to learn how to create your own monsters. You need to picture how a knight in shining armour will look like. What the damsel in distress will smell like – hopefully attar of roses, and not crap 😉
Being a kid you should still believe in the wonder of the Universe. You should still be able to look for fairies in the garden under toadstools. You need to picture frogs with saddles and falcons with reigns – fairies and their unlikely steeds.
See cloud pictures. Fantasize about riding the Good Luck dragon from Neverending story, or the Hippogriff in Harry Potter. As i do every time I see those movies, and sometimes even while I’m busy with my daily drudgery!
Fantasy is the mainstay of life. Reality will soon intrude. One day you’ll wake up and it will be all about boys or girls or other boys or other girls, what to wear, how to dance, when you’ll get your driver’s license.
Believing in Santa or the Easter Bunny is no more harmful to a child than smelling a rose. In actual fact. I think NOT letting and helping them believe in fantasy, you’ll be creating a very poor human being. A person that can not imagine a fairy into being, or dream of unicorns won’t see the world as it can be.
For me, fantasy and books are synonymous. Reading about exploits. Using your imagination to make the story come to life. That’s why I never watch Stephen King movies, but I absolutely adore his books – in the books I can create a reality I can live with. I’m not overwhelmed by the gore and the nastiness. And I never let my foot hang over the edge of the bed! Since I have a healthy fantasy life – you just never know what’s lurking under the bed!!
Fantasy will always be king. Magic will be something to imagine. Fairies at play in my garden, gnomes hunting on mice, catching lazy bumblebees on a hot summer’s day.
Sure, living in a dream world is not always conducive to healthy planning. Life does seem hard for us dreamers. But we always have a place to go to. A spot to escape to. We can always see things that others might miss.
We’re always on the lookout, because, who knows, one day a flower might just come to life in front of our eyes!
And now for the tunes.
The first one because it’s just such a cool tune. And the second because really, nothing else will do the trick 😉
Long days and pleasant nights to all…