I just had the coolest conversation with my 5 year old that perfectly depicts both the innocence of childhood and the most valuable asset that kids have: their imagination. I came upstairs to see what she was up to (it had been about 20 minutes since her younger sister came upstairs post-nap, yet I hadn’t seen Riles). Usually this means that Riley is off in her own world playing, and this time it was exactly the case. Construction paper, scissors, and markers were all over the playroom. When I asked her what she was doing, she told me she was making a microphone. Curious, I asked her how did she know how to make a microphone. Her response was remarkable.
My five year old daughter turned and replied to me, daddy, did you know that when I close my eyes I can dream up things to create? I saw this microphone in my imagination! Did you know that you can imagine when you sleep or whenever you close your eyes? Just like that matter of factly, my daughter expressed a universal truth. Here’s Riley remarking about the brilliance of having an imagination, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. I guess to a 5 year old that hasn’t been jaded by [insert anything here] it is. I sure hope it stays that way.
I suspect some of the coolest inventions and necessary solutions depend on the imagination of young girls just like her.