Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Magic Potions and Flying Machines

When I was a little kid, I remember trying to prove that that old saying, "anything is possible," was true. I believed it; all the books and stories and fairy tales purported it as fact, so it must be true, right?

When my older siblings tried to stump me on my quest to find solutions and abilities for anything, they would state the impossible (say, flying up to the moon without a rocket), and my final answer-- my trump card and old standby-- was always "you could make a magic potion for that!"

Ha! Top that!

There's nothing a magic potion can't solve.

Somewhere along the way, I must have realized that magic potions-- especially ones that enable humans to spring up from the earth and blast into space-- aren't real. I must have realized that some things really are impossible. Well that sucks.

I feel a little ripped off about this whole magic potion thing. Same with anything we saw in The Jetsons, and of course the flying cars we were promised in the 80's. Where are those, I ask you?

As parents, are we to purport the glorious, wonderful, impossible idea that anything is possible, when in fact, no, not every single thing you can think of is possible? Time travel? Tooth fairies? Yoda? Turning invisible? I kind of hate that none of that exists, because it would be awesome, but as far as I know, they don't.

OMG! I had forgotten about their adorable little pet. I WANT ONE OF THOSE!

So do we squash that imagination in our children as a way for them to understand the difference between fiction and reality? To protect them from the streetwise kid on the playground (who has older siblings) who gleefully informs them there is no Santa, and there is certainly no Easter Bunny or Superman.

Or do we insouciantly encourage it, knowing that they'll find out the truth later on. It's fun while it lasts and all? How sad that day will be!

I have no answers. No magic book kept for centuries in a crumbling old castle, and no wise old elf, that tells me the right thing to do. I wish we could let our children believe it all until one day it all really does come true.

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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  1. Oh! I have been wondering on similar lines lately!!! My nine year old is my lessons in technology and yet, you have to see to believe his firm unbreakable diligent belief in the tooth fairy and Santa! He defies his friends by telling them ' it is all about believing!' .I think I am going to wait and let the realisation be slow .I can't ( not yet) be the one to take his magic away. I hope it were all true !! I am scared now too

  2. Your little boy is just so remarkable! He is epitomizing the old saying, "fiction is the willing suspension of disbelief" :).


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