I begin this morning by telling you about writing for my grand kids. Let me begin by saying that I’m an artist first and the writing of the stories began because of playing with the kids. Being a grand parent is the perfect excuse to play once again without everyone thinking you just lost your mind.
It all started one day as we were playing with play doah. It was then that I realized that kids don’t really know what to do with the stuff until you actually show them. We started making little things and it grew into bigger things. It was amazing to see their little faces as they themselves realized they could make it into whatever their imaginations wanted. It was then that I began to push their imaginations. Making up stories and playing the “what if” game with them. It was so much fun, and not just for me. I had forgotten how much fun it was play, to imagine to dream without limits.
After they went home, the work began. I would create a world of fairies that would forever keep their imaginations growing. I created little clay fairies that held perfectly still if you looked at them. We began one day with a simple fairy trap. It was a box rigged with a string dangling from the inside from which a piece of jewelry hung. If a fairy came and tugged on the jewelry, the door would shut and the fairy trapped. I had the kids set it up that night, lining the path with Skittles, cuz you know no one can refuse those colorful candies. Come sunrise those kids were out the door before I knew it. They had trapped their first fairy. Then two. And so the stories began and more fairies had to be made.
The fairies are the first things they look for when they come over now as the fairies never do seem to stay in one spot and the children always want to put them back into the aquarium village where they have there inside home. I wonder how long this wonderful game will last. Will the kids begin to make up there own stories? Will they still be looking for the fairies when they get older? And maybe not want to admit they are? As for me, I know I’ll keep it up as long as they do. Maybe even let them weave the stories by the kid’s imaginations. Will they eventually begin to write there own stories? Time will tell and I’ll be sure to let you know.
Have a creative day!
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