Friday, May 28, 2010

Make Believe

Two boys were walking their bikes in Mariemont attempting to cross highway 50 as I sat in the car observing their actions. One had a long sword - plastic (maybe from Star Wars), the other a toy machine gun. On their way to Wendy's for a lunch break from a long morning of battle - possibly a re-enactment of the battle scenes in Avatar.

Make believe activities dominated my childhood - Combat, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Davy Crockett, Swamp Fox, Swiss Family Robinson, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, T.H.E. Cat etc. Framed by the stories visualized on TV and the movies of the late 50's and early 60's. Bikes, toy props, outfits and other stage props added realism to our plots.

I remember Jenna dressed up as Tinkerbell (including wand) walking around in a circle to music. As I asked her when she would "take off" - her response was: "No can fly ...... walk, walk, walk, walk".

Make believe vanishes with the gravity of age. Don't let your dreams fall with time.

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