Five Minute Friday – Imagine

It’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.

If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

Last week, the word was VIEW

This week, the word is IMAGINE.

Five Minute Friday

As I write this, I can hear them.  My boys are in the other room playing quietly.

They never use the word “imagine” but that is what they are doing.

Their conversation is peppered with “what if” and filled with impossible things.

They live in a world where Pokemon can come to life and play with the stuffed animals that populate the closet, where Lego minifigs can wage war against  a tiny army of ninjas and army men, where the words on a page can come to life.

Yesterday at a book store, they had an amazingly detailed conversation about the nuanced differences between fantasy novels, realistic fiction, and non-fiction.  They don’t like non-fiction these days.

I love to listen to them.

i love to listen to my kidsI love to listen when they play at being super heroes and villains.  In their eyes, “the other kid” is always the bad guy and they are always good.  With each attack, they invent a new super power.   When one of them declares that he can fly, the other invents a super power ray that knocks him out of the sky.  As he falls, the first one invents a mirror power to disable his foe.

They do not stumble on the impossibleness of their thoughts.

What they imagine becomes real, at least in that moment.

I love to listen to them.

They declare loudly that they want to be a mayor and a missionary and a fighter jet pilot… all in one breath.

They stand firm in the belief that, despite all evidence to the contrary, the tooth fairy is real.

They are not limited by the reality I live in.

I love to listen to them.

They have taught me to dream again, to imagine the possibilities.  They have taught me to invent wildly, creating new super powers of my own when the need arises.  They have reminded me of how pleasant it is to change the rules when it looks like I am losing.

I don’t like non-fiction these days either.

STOP.

 

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Perfect. \”They do not stumble upon the impossibleness of their thoughts.\” I love it. And I love how listening in on their imaginings changes us as moms. Reminds us to dream. Very nice. Thank you!

  2. Thank you! I’m always happy when you visit, you leave such great comments for me.
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  3. What a wonderful post. I love listening to my kids, too. They are so full of so much possibility and they are not hemmed in by the life that we live. ImagiNATION is their only destination. (P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog.)

  4. What a wonderful post. I love listening to my kids, too. They are so full of so much possibility and they are not hemmed in by the life that we live. ImagiNATION is their only destination. (P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog.)
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  5. Your sons remind me of my children. Even though my oldest is a preschooler. I love the way their mind works and that they dare me to dream. Have a beautiful weekend.

  6. I love that you recognize and celebrate your children’s imagination. It’s such a wonderful thing and a shame that adults tend to lose it as we age! –Lisa
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