Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Soph's World

When I was a kid I had a wonderful imagination. In fact, I don't ever remember being bored. If nothing was going on I could curl up with a book and find myself immersed in a new world. If I had a piece of paper, I could make up my own story. Daydreaming was a favorite past time, even in the middle of Algebra class. Oh, and I took that class twice by the way.

Sometimes now that I am all grown up life gets in the way of my imagination and daydreams. Luckily though, I have kids who help me take a break from the real world and I'm able to immerse myself in the land of make-believe.

Soph is my middle child and she is a dreamer. Has been since she was very small. I recognize that trait in her just as easily as I recognize the ability of my oldest to finish math facts at an amazing speed. Some might call Soph a loner, but I know better. She is never alone. She is surrounded by all the characters she makes up in her head. She doesn't feel the need to talk very much around others because she is too busy observing and absorbing her surroundings.

She often asks questions like, "How do you feel being a mother?", "What do you think it would feel like to be in a rocket going to the moon?"and "What did people eat 200 years ago?". She's a thinker.

Her world is not black and white. Instead it is a kaleidoscope of colors which twist and twirl together exploding with points of light. This gives her the ability to view her surroundings with curiosity and wonder.

She constantly drags me into her world of make-believe. I'm not complaining though, it helps to me to see things from different perspectives. And for a writer, seeing things in different lights is essential. She helps me to exercise my imagination. I feel very privileged to view the world through her eyes every once in awhile. Lucky me.

So what or who triggers your imagination?


Natalie said...

I love how kids remind us how to not be grown ups. They remind us that it is okay to be silly, goofy, dirty, and playful without caring who is watching. Like Soph, I'm a dreamer and a favorite pasttime when I get the chance is to daydream about things to come in our future as a family. More babies, pets, houses, and how I'll manage everybody without going nuts. =)

Jody Hedlund said...

How wonderful that you can see all of that in your daughter! And what a blessing to be able to share that with her! I'm still waiting to figure out which one of my children will be a writer. They mostly all are avid readers, so that's a start. But it would be really fun to share writing with one of them some day!

Terri Tiffany said...

Your daughter sounds wonderful:) I love her questions!

I think I had a better imagination when I was younger:( so now I have to watch a good movie to get it going it seems or sit out on my patio and watch the world.

Sasha @ Cherished Moments said...

I have a picture of a little stone cottage in a rugged valley in Glencoe, Scotland, on my fridge. I often gaze at it and daydream about the wild beauty of Scotland, and my fantasy of having a sweet little B&B / crafty place somewhere in the Highlands or Western Isles.

Kara said...

Natalie- I love to dream about the future too!

Jodi- I agree sharing writing with our children would be so wonderful.

Teri- I know if I didn't have my kids around my imagination would have to be jump started. I love to watch movies for inspiration though:)

Sasha- I really want to visit Scotland some day! So when you open that B&B I will be your first boarder:)

Jessica said...

Hmmm, my dad once said I was a loner so I've thought of myself that way. But now, maybe I think I'm like you and Soph? A daydreamer sounds more postive. LOL
I think almost anything can spark me off into some other world.

Kara said...

Jessica, I have to admit I at first thought my daughter was a loner and super shy. She is a little shy, but now I realize she'd much rather entertain herself with her imaginings than always be with a group of her friends. I think it's healthy to have such an imagination, but of course I'm a little biased:)

Aimee said...

What a wonderful girl! I was always a daydreamer too...still am!