The music of imagination

LynnetteOK By LynnetteOK, 3rd May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2wcgvhdr/
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Children don't have as much opportunity to use their imaginations as they used to. When they do get the chance, however, it is a beautiful, magical thing.

The magic of imagination

There are wonders every day that I want to share with you, dear reader. They're often simple, everyday things that make me think. Here's one...

My children are all grown. One of my favorite things to do when they were little was to listen to them playing when they didn't know they were being heard. There were no filters in place. They simply said and did whatever was in their heads. It was wonderful to hear them playing and laughing. They would sometimes argue about the rules of a game which were being made up as it was played. They would become princesses, kings, soldiers, giants, animals, mothers, babies, and so many other things that came from their incredible imaginations. There has never been music more beautiful than those sounds.

That music, that imagination, is rare anymore. There are video games to be played, where the imagining has already been done. Children have schedules rivaling those of business executives. There are organized sports, music lessons and recitals, dance practice, cheer-leading practice, math camps, science camps..... the list goes on and on. Don't misunderstand me, none of these things are wrong in themselves, but there is no longer time for children to just be children...using unfiltered imaginations to become anything and go anywhere they choose in their minds. Kids don't try to dig through the world to get to China. They're too busy competing with China for test scores.

The sounds of imagination

This last weekend I spent in bed, for the most part. The weather has been glorious, so I had the windows open. I was feeling very depressed about being sick. Suddenly, through my open window I heard that phrase that has been passed down from child to child since the beginning of time, "nyah, nyah....nyah, nyah, nyah...you caaan't catch me!" The children in the house next door, along with a couple of their friends, had come out to play. There was squealing and laughing, shouts of "throw it!" and "run!" There was the beautiful sound of unfiltered childhood coming through my window. What an amazing gift! Being stuck in bed was not nearly as horrible as it had been ten minutes earlier. I even smiled!

I am so glad to know that incredible music isn't extinct after all!

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Children, Imagination, Laughing, Music, Playing

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th May 2013 (#)

Here in Asia, children are hot-housed increasingly. They are jack of all trades but with fleeting attention spans. It is sad to see toddlers as young as one deposited at childcare centers from morning till evening. They are kept busy but with limited time to play as children should do that comes naturally to them. Yes, no time and opportunity to be creative. Thanks for the share Lynnette - siva

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author avatar LynnetteOK
4th May 2013 (#)

Hello Siva,
Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is the same way in America. Most children's lives are spent going from one thing to the next.
I think the thing that scares me the most about it is that imagination is the first step in anything new. Without imagination and creativity, we as a people will stagnate.

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