On a recent blog of note, Views from the Raven's Nest, a Wordzzle challenge is posted weekly. The basic idea is to use all 10 words provided in a short paragraph (plus mini challenge words if you can). More information can be found here. I like to write something but this will be my first shared contribution. This week's words are (partition, imagination, salvation, mirror image, green power, highway, roasting marshmallows, serial killer, autograph, cartography) with a mini challenge of (cell phone, Big Mac, panther, legendary, poets corner).
I love my little girl. It's amazing that so much wisdom and freedom could be contained in one so small. It's as if, somehow, the partition in her brain that seperates true memories from her imagination has yet to form and, for her, anything really IS possible. In the little poet's corner of her brain, the part that sees everything in a quixotic kind of way, there really are fairies in the garden, green power will be the salvation of the earth in her lifetime, butterflies live forever, Big Macs are yummy AND healthy, and mommy is always beautiful. I really hope she's right about the green power thing. Somehow she's my miniature mirror image in every photograph of my childhood (you should see the charming cell phone pictures) but she absolutely cannot be constrained to the same limitations I allow myself to be bound by. Before her stretches this immutable highway of possibilities and I really admire that (perhaps I should get the autograph of this unstoppable force while I still can?). No, she isn't focused on any one thing right now but she is only 5 after all. And anyway, you know what they say: 'Not all who wander are lost'. To which I reply: 'No, many of those who wander picked cartography for a profession'. Haha, I'm so funny! Yes, I know, this kind of corny joke is just the kind of thing to make serial killers out of the nicest folks. I'll stop now. But to be serious, when I'm feeling like I don't know what to do next with my life and I catch myself worrying too much about all of the big things, I watch her total abandon at play and focus and drive in everything she does (even something so simple as roasting marshmallows or pretending to be a panther) and she reminds me that it's all of the little things that matter. This little life force is legendary and I'm eternally grateful for the way she's touched my life.