80 Post Challenge – Post 65

What comes to mind when someone uses the phrase prolonging the magic?

That’s a nice easy one. I think of preserving the innocence of children. Or anyone for that matter.

The world is a big, bad and scary place, even if you’re treating it right. Children, who have no idea of what it is really like, need to be protected as long as possible. Not to the point that they don’t experience anything – that’s stupid and ultimately counter-productive – but so that they can afford to stay children for as long as they need to. Every child will have a different rate of growth, or a different level of maturity, even against their immediate peers. Forcing maturity on them too early is not only frightening, but horribly cruel and unfair.

I don’t necessarily mean like preserving the myth of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy either, I mean things like not sending your kids off to work (even if they’re the cutest little things in the world and would make brilliant stars of this [insert generic name here] new TV show), or forcing them to look after younger siblings because you are too busy/drunk/drugged up to do so yourself.

I mean things like sharing a cuddle with them when they graze their knee instead of insisting that they ‘suck it up.’

Something Dave still does with his youngest, is put on silly voices for objects in the house or while we’re out driving, and she’s nine now! All traffic lights, for instance, are Mexican (I don’t know why Mexican; you’ll have to ask him!) and have rather silly conversations with us until its time to drive on. Josie giggles like a loon every time; she loves it!

That’s the sort of magic I’m talking about. The ability to look at the world and see it as fresh, clean, new and something to experience and be fascinated by, rather than something to fight against or be afraid of. Because let’s face it, the world is an amazing place and, as adults, its only because we’ve gotten so busy and wrapped up in being ‘grown ups’ that we forget that and loose the ability to see it.

If they had the vocabulary, skill and inclination for it, children would make incredible fantasy writers; because they have the ability to see things like none of the rest of us can. That’s the magic that needs to be prolonged.





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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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8 Responses to 80 Post Challenge – Post 65

  1. Len says:

    I wholeheartedly agree. I still have a very fond memory of my daughter when she was very young. The extended family went to “The Original Christmas Store” in Houston.
    I let her go where she wanted, at whatever pace she wanted. Stay for as long or as short a time as she wanted. I kept her safe, not by keeping her with me, but keeping me with her.
    I had a very different, and much more magical experience than any of those that ‘did the whole store in a logical way’. I saw Christmas through the eyes of a child, and it is a memory I hope to take with me to the grave.
    No one can take away the magic of that day, no matter what they do to me now.


  2. Yeah, childhood is a magical time. Making sure it stays that way for as long as needed is a worthy cause.


  3. Writerlious says:

    Amen, sister! Children are naturally creative little people. I think we work it out of them as they get older. It’s sad –just think how many more creative adults we would have if it were encouraged and nurtured.

    Hope all is going well with those beautiful babies!


    • I hope I’m able to allow these boys of mine the space to be as imaginative and creative as they want to be.
      I intend that there will be plenty of magic in this house! 🙂


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