The other day, I was talking with Peter, and I found myself talking a lot about how this has been the busiest I’ve been. Ever. Not just work, but family, friends, and the kids. There are but so many hours in one day, and even with the most strategic scheduling, something is bound to be neglected. My children and my family will always get the most and the best of my attention, but to be honest, it’s certain parts of that attention that I’d like to tweak a little.
When River was younger, we spent hours and days creating. We would lay craft paper down, and I would make rainbow houses and sheet castles and whip up whatever magic my mind would muster. My creative side, when it comes the children and what crafts and what mess we’ll get into, has dwindled a bit. Sometimes, it seems easier to run and meet friends at the park, and let nature and friendships do the work. But there will always be a small part of me that truly misses those hours and days of creating pure magic out of nothing.
What I loved about watching her create that afternoon, is that she didn’t follow my rules. I tried to guide her, but after my initial reading of directions, she took on the project, and I was just there to witness. Her friends had whatever eye color River chose, and their outfits were completely made from the stylist who lives in her imagination. She beamed with pride, when she gave herself the long green wig and psychedelic pants.
Later that night, as wooden River and her little wooden besties dried on the window sill, I overheard River discussing how her friends would react to the dolls she made for them. The next day, we brought them to summer camp all wrapped up, and River passed them out one by one. It was then, that I was reminded about the magic. It was still there. Magic takes different forms, and sometimes, I’m not the one who possess it. My kids are the creators. That’s okay. It’s beautiful.
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