Tuesday, September 2, 2014

// i m a g i n a t i o n //

There are a few important values I'd like to instill in my boys.  Love, empathy, compassion, to name a few.  However, I am fully convinced that all children can learn the most valuable of traits through the simple act of imagination.  There is a whole world at hand, one that is larger than their immediate reality and all the possibilities are within the realm of play.  And the best part?  Most of what you need is available right out your front door.  Having little money and struggling financially has given me such a deeper connection to the earth; when we had little money for anything besides food, rent and diapers we discovered a deeper treasure.  A more valuable possession, although we do not possess it at all, really.  It lends us it's life and in return we can teach our children it's history and plan for it's future.

We fill our hearts with imagination.  We give thanks through our play.  We are never too old for it and having children has reminded me of this priceless fact.

There is not much I'd spend our money on in terms of toys.  So, when Asher's birthday was upon us I thought intentionally about what we could find him.  I discovered Opposite of Far through my friend Michelle and instantly, I knew I found the perfect gift.  I soon discovered he's a little young for it yet (he has a shorter attention span than Elliot for imaginative play.)  So, Elliot has been using them more.  However, they share everything and I know it's only a matter of time before he's running around our yard roaring like a lion.  (he does this a lot, but I haven't been able to capture it yet.)

Anyways, we are true fans of Opposite of Far.  Jessica makes the most beautiful masks and I know there are so many kids whose imagination has grown because of them.  What a wonderful thought! <3

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