Daily Prompt: Fantasy
The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?
Hands up who has seen the Tooth Fairy? Or Santa Claus? Or a Dragon? OK, hands down again. You kids! Full of imagination and minds that allow for endless possibilities. What are we gonna do with you? Hobbits, Elves, Goblins, Trolls and Wicked Witches. All available in the Kingdom of the Free mind.It’s a fun place to be.
What’s that? It’s a lie. They don’t exist.
Bah Humbug. It’s the grown ups. Oh oh. Here come those BIG words. Responsibility. Reality. Truth.
What was that? Tooth? You can’t handle the Tooth ( Giggles all around). If the tooth be told we don’t really care.( more giggles) We’re kids. We don’t want the whole tooth and nothing but. ( Howls of laughter)
We want to be free. Peter Pan like in our innocence. We want to really believe that a fairy flies in through the window and leaves us a small financial donation. We want to believe that a big red jolly man flies through the sky pulled by reindeer dropping presents down the chimney. We want to believe in talking animals and Dragons in caves, and witches on broomsticks. Why? Because it’s fun. It’s imaginative and most importantly it’s CREATIVE. Yup.
Where do you think ‘Pixar started? Or Disney? Or Star Wars? Or Tolkein? or….you get my drift. Creativity and Imagination. Forces of wonder and beauty from which have been carved stories and legends and myths that we all share since the beginning of time…since…once upon a time. It’s the tooth I tell you.
If you wanna tell your kids that Santa won’t come if they are naughty, then you are possibly a meanie. Would you really follow through though? Christmas day. Empty tree. “There you are, I told you so. Santa is very cross with you young lady” If the answer to that question is yes then you are not possibly a meanie. You are definitely a meanie. Possibly a blue one! Stop it now or we will have to call the Trolls in. (You don’t wanna mess with the Trolls)
Every story that is told to a child opens a door full of possibilities in their minds. It works the Imagination muscle. It tickles the creativity gene. It frees the unconscious for long enough to believe. To see the possibilities. To dream.
The only thing that can mess with that is grown ups with hang ups. It was never a child’s idea to attach behavior to getting money for your tooth or pressies at crimbo. It was a grown up and quite probably a meanie.
Let them enjoy the Magic. What harm could it possibly do? Shhhhhhhhhhh. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the grown up in your head who has taken over. Listing all the reasons why Magic could do harm. Oh oh. Be aware of that voice. It won’t let you wear orange trousers. It won’t let you stick out your tongue. It wont let you dance naked in the rain. It will tell you to wear sensible shoes. It will tell you to work hard and save for a rainy day.
When was the last time you danced in the rain? Naked? Rolled down a hill? Laughed out loud? We learn so much as children and for some of us we begin to unlearn it as soon as we grow up.
Look around you today. Girls and boys are fashion conscious by 8 yrs old. Growing up too fast. Too cool for stories. Except they are not. Given the right time and place. Everyone loves a myth or a legend.
I regularly visit schools in my work and have told a story for years now about a group of drumming hedgehogs who live in the woods nearby. I sinceriously hope that thousands of those children stop and listen for a moment when they walk in the woods, just to see if they can hear the hedgehogs play.
You should try it. If you listen really carefully and don’t step on any twigs you might hear.
Tum tum tee tum, diddle diddle dum, rat a tat tat, Boom.
There’s Magic out there if you know where to look.
Meanies need not apply.
The Tooth is out there 😉
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