a child's mind is one of the most beautiful places. it is sad that we grow up and reality sets in. to live so carefree and dream like a child forever would be one of the greatest things in the world to me. i love how their little minds create worlds that are only known to them. i think a lot of adults get stuck in ruts or unhappy places because they forget to dream. i have always had a little dreamer in me, but my kids have really encouraged me to bring that dreamer out more often these days. it is so refreshing to remind myself of all the things that i still am reaching for!
my boys do things in very different ways, but there is never any wright or wrong when you are in your imagination - how brilliant is that! for brinley dreaming comes natural. he loves to play make believe and easily casts himself as some far off character. he even comes complete with sound effects! rowan hasn't always been a dreamer. he is very literal about life, and this used to bother me a great deal. in fact, it took me by surprise! don't all kids just know how to dream!? like breathing or eating... kids dream, right? no! some need a little help, because they still have their own unique little minds and personalities that they are imbedded with. in rowan's case he always holds back from new situations and scenarios, and even if they are just created worlds, it is still an unknown place to him! i used to rack my brain about ways to get rowan to let go, but it was something he needed to find on his own. and find it he did! through lots and LOTS of encouragement and costumery he has slowly let go and gets wrapped up in pretend worlds. (of course, his knowledge of superheroes has helped encourage this new thinking for him so, thank you, green lantern and captain america!) but even though it took him sometime and he isn't quite as eccentric as his little brother it is so exciting for me to see the change in him. as for brinley... well, that kid lives in la la land so making up an entire place that is filled with mythical characters is no stretch at all! remember he comes with sound effects!
with brinley i am always invited to be part of whatever new scenario he has conjured up, but with rowan i have to be careful when i try to be part because he usually gets bashful and ends up turing the whole thing around back into reality. the cool thing is the boys are always invited into each others little pretend play, it must be an unspoken little treasure that God gives kids (and mothers). some of my favorite times are when i have no involvement and they play and create together. i find it all so innocent and wonderful. it is a beautiful thing to experience life through their eyes and even more of a treasure when I do get to be part. i will cherish these moments forever and i will always appreciate that they encourage me to keep dreaming!
we love these masks that greatly help our imaginations wander, you can find them here they are so fabulous and my boys ask to wear them daily!
rowan: mask by mahalo // jeans by esp no 1 // socks by bobo choses // cape from darth vader costume at target
brinley: mask by mahalo // bulldog shirt crewcuts // robot shirt hand-me-down // undies from a local store // jeans by esp no 1