When you look at a box, what do you see? This one started as a rocket ship then it was a submarine, currently it’s a slide, next it will be a television, last in line is the classic puppet theater.
Creativity with kids goes a long way. Imaginations need nurturing, and having children help you transform a box into something spectacular is one great way to get them to think outside of one.
I was born with a wild mind. Had my creativity not been fostered, I would’ve been lost to the world’s darker side, of this I’m certain. My parents saw something special inside of me. I was a storyteller, an artist, a poet. They appreciated every blue ribbon drawing and praised me for every trip to the young writer’s conferences I’d won my way into with essays.
I have three children, and as I’ve watched them grow, I’ve realized that some children are born with definite ideals while others wander aimlessly in gray areas and uncertainty. I was always a wanderer.
Right and wrong weren’t clear to me. I knew if I hurt someone, stole something, broke something, there’d be consequences, but when it came to a moral compass, mine was spinning wildly.
Then there is my sister. She seemed to know everything. She’s my big sister so I idolized her for her ability to do the right thing effortlessly. She was just so damn good, all of the time. Honestly, it’s amazing how good she is. An angel, really.
Then there was me. “Little sh**”, “Troublemaker”, these were my nicknames. I took pride in my ability to stir things up. There are benefits to being a wildflower. No one can predict the power within. No one sees it coming. God gave me the element of surprise when he put this blonde hair atop my head, disguising my big beautiful mind. Wink wink, smiley face emoji.
Having an ability to decide north from south outside of the magnetic field most find shelter inside of caused some trouble and confusion, I’ll be honest, but I found that it’s pretty rad to be able to think laterally. No one sees the world like I do. No one can explain it using the words I choose. In a world full of folks who fight to fit in, I felt the need to stand out.
I’m only called odd because I’m unexpected. Im only labeled as weird because I’m unique. I like that. I don’t want to be you, I don’t want to blend in. I just want to be me. Strange and unusual. Bold and brave. My place is wherever I decide I want to be. I fit in wherever I go.
It’s nice to be a lunatic. Sincerely!