Okay, I admit it. I am corrupting my grandchildren. But only a little and in a positive way. I think it is a very good thing for them to believe in magic and magical things. And so, with great joy and a little orneriness, I tell them lots of stories about what and who lives at Nana's house.
First of all, and I know that I have mentioned this before, Godzilla lives in our pond. It is a hoot when we drive past the pond and Stitch insists that he saw Godzilla's head. The next thing that we encounter is the roller coast that is our driveway. Arms up and kids screaming with excitement, but we have to quite down right away because Gertrude, the troll who lives under the bridge might wake up. She gets a little testy when we awaken her during the day. She is quite the night owl and gets grumpy when I have to summon her to deal with misbehaving children. As you continue up the driveway there is a tree with a very special opening that leads to the world of elves. Fairies live under the leaves of our Trillium. Unicorns show up in the woods occasionally but they are very shy.
There are also lions and tigers and bears and wolves, but Nana's magic keeps them away from the house. I have truly enjoyed these tales and love the look of wonder in their eyes when I spin my web.
Of course there is a down side to all of this. I have told the kids that only I can see and talk to the creatures and we must keep our secret. Leave it to Max to start telling her friends and teachers that Nana lives in a magical place. At this point, I have been almost embarrassed to meet her teachers or friends because Max is a terrible secret keeper. That is until she also told her teacher that Nana said that if she has a boyfriend, she will be sent to the Principal's office for a punishment. When I asked how her teacher responded, Max said "Oh, she just smiled."
So God bless all of the adults that foster imagination and belief in all things magical to kids. They need that. In fact, now that I think of it, I wish adults could have some of that magical belief and innocence. Wouldn't the world be a nicer place?! May God bless you with peace, love and magic this week, and may you find the time to enjoy it.
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!