21 Feb, 2019
Imagination isn’t something that always needs to be expressed in written or artistic form. Sometimes simply thinking is expression enough.
Imagination isn’t something that always needs to be expressed in“I wonder where I’ll live someday, what are the things I’ll do?
And who will be the friends I have? I think about that too.
Where will I live, and work, and play? Will I still ride a bike?
How will the world have changed by then, and what will it be like?”
Children are small, but their imaginations are endless, and for this reason, I wrote a story-poem titled “My Future” in Reading Is Fun! Imagine That!
The passage above is not far-fetched from the thoughts that children have every single day. These thoughts start in the toddler phase, when they ask their parents hundreds of questions a day and make an equal amount of observations, and as they grow, though they’re less vocal about it, a child’s mind still swirls with thoughts and ideas and questions.
I wrote “My Future” to get children thinking ahead with challenging questions that can make them really pause to ponder their answer.
“There’s much I’ll need to think about, like all the ways I’ll change.
This growing up is new to me, and some of it seems strange.
It may be wise to look ahead, and plan how life might be.
Right now, I know that much of this, is really up to me.”
Imagine how many ideas can be triggered by this one passage! Children, as they pass the 10-year old age and approach their teenage years, have a lot to think about. They have been molded for a decade on how to behave, have learned the difference between right and wrong, and have been taught the ways to make good choices.
As they get older, it all falls on them to decide how they’ll be, so why not get them thinking about it when they’re young, in a fun, poetic kind of way? I pose questions that get them thinking about now, tomorrow, and their distant-future. Oh, the things they’ll come up with! Their answers might lead to conversations with you and leave you both saying, Imagine That!
Ruth A. Radmore
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