I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed
Music and Lyrics by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers
Our pastor asked a question of the children during their sermon last week. “Can you tell me about one of your best days?” A little boy of about 8 looked over at his 4 year old sister, rolled his eyes and said “She always says ‘This is the best day ever.’”
Ahhh, the sense of wonder we feel as children. Where does it go? Does it disappear with the monsters under our bed? Does it disappear with our imaginary friends? Or, does it disappear when we stop believing in things we can’t see and get so caught up in the world we forget to notice the magic in everything around us?
I write because it lets me once again explore the world of childhood. If you’re a writer, it’s perfectly legitimate for you to spend hours in imaginary worlds with imaginary people. The paranormal folks get to meet some of the scariest or cutest creatures that don’t exist. (One of my favorite writers, Jayne Castle has created pets/companions she calls dust bunnies on one of her worlds- Harmony. I know it’s impossible, but I’d still love to meet one someday. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of reading about these creatures, here’s a description taken from a blog that Jayne did on the subject of dust bunnies.
Where was I? Right. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the species, here’s a quick description of a dust bunny: A scruffy ball of gray fluff with six paws and two sets of eyes, adorable baby-blue eyes for daylight use and a second set of amber-colored eyes for hunting. Dust bunnies are playful and cute when they’re in a good mood. They are very fond of bright, shiny objects and assorted snacks. If they are attacked or feel compelled to protect their human companions, however, they are dangerous. As the saying goes, by the time you see the teeth, it’s too late.
Here’s the link if you want to read more of the blog: http://novelreaction.com/2011/04/guest-post-by-jayne-ann-krentz-beware-the-dust-bunnies/
The best stories let us be kids again. I think that’s why we’ve had a resurgence of Fairy Tales on our TV shows lately. (Grim, Once Upon A Time, tonight’s episode on Castle) As women, if we can’t meet Prince Charming, then we at least want to read about the girl who did. (Of course, as we’re reading, we BECOME her, so in a sense, we get the guy.)
And when you finish a book where obstacles have been overcome, and true love has triumphed, don’t you feel better about the world? You can start the day saying “This is the best day ever.” Obviously I’m feeling very positive today, so let’s keep it going. I’d love to hear about your best day ever.