Sunday, June 22, 2008
I want to cultivate a healthy imagination in my son and future children. I want them to know that God has set Heaven in the hearts of man and we have the freedom to dream big, for there is a place that is bigger and better than all that we know here on earth.
I simply adore the Narnia Chronicles....I can delve deeply into the world that Jack Lewis created and know that I too shall meet the fate of the Pevensie children. I will travel to a land ruled purely by THE King and experience the beauty and the magic that Lucy discovered when she took her first steps through a ruddy old wardrobe. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a pair of green and gold rings that took us to the Wood Between the Worlds? Wouldn't it be fascinating to breathe in the salty air from the deck of the Dawn Treader? (That is the next installment of the movies and I pray they don't ruin it, my favorite of the books) Wouldn't it be marvelous to walk side by side with unicorns, winged horses, dufflepods, centuars (the oldest and the wisests), dwarfs (the good kind), fauns and dear beavers? To see the birth of a nation through song, and see the stars falling from the heavens in it's death. What a beautiful gift we have in our minds.
I see that everyday in my son. Watching Wesley grow is one of my greatest joys. To see him think and work out dilemas set before him...it is awesome (in every sense of the word). It is just awesome. It brings tears to my eyes to watch him concentrate so deeply. I love telling him silly little stories and he just smiles at me. I look forward to the day HE begins to tell ME, mama, stories. What a delight!
That's why I chose to decorite Wesley's room in an "Around the World in 80 Days" theme. It is a room full of scope for the imagination. It contains clouds on the ceiling and a collection of hardy boys books, airplanes and hot air balloons, a map of the world (painted by me) a painting of the Dawn Treader, all the books a little boy could want (some from both mine and Nathan's childhood) books bought from friends, grandma and grandpa, uncle brandon, toys, drawings, little trinkets give to us from people on their own travels, and so much more. One of my favorite points of his room is the ceiling fan. It has a globe for the light fixture and little planes painted (by the nice people at home depot) on the fan blades. :) It truly is a sweet fan. Wesley and I lay on his bedroom floor and just look at the fan and he laughs and coos and talks and babbles. It is simply a special time for us to enjoy his own space. I love teaching him how to play.
...hopefully he doesnt inherit my childhood bad habit of drawing on the wall...