A to Z Challenge 2015 · Imagination · musings


The A to Z Challenge
letter for today is
i4pI love to use my imagination and daydream.
I have been a daydreamer all my life.
I see nothing wrong with it
But I seem to be in the minority these days.


These days no one wants a child to be bored.
When I was a kid it was ok to be bored.
It happened a lot.
Adults didn’t think it important or even necessary to entertain us.
We were expected to find things to do.
We had to use our imaginations
We could color or draw, read or write, do puzzles of one sort or another.
play games, make up stories or just be still.
Sometimes just being still was the best!

I remember laying in the grass watching clouds finding pictures in them.
Or being fascinated by ants going about their business.
Once I watched a mother bird encouraging her baby to try its wings,
I loved to watch the chipmunks play running up and down the drainpipes.
It was great fun to watch squirrels fill their cheeks with acorns and dig holes to bury them.
Then they would dig them up and bury them a foot away.
All of these little diversions led to mind meanderings and wonderings.
Somehow, the day wasn’t boring anymore it was filled with possibilities.

Now, kids seem to need to have someone or something to entertain them.
I think that’s kind of sad.
Who will be the visionaries of tomorrow if there is no one
imagining and daydreaming today?

And today I
Celebrate The Small Things;
like mind meanderings and wonderings, imagining and daydreaming.
If I didn’t have times that are “wasted” doing nothing I am pretty sure
my occasional ditziness would become full-time insanity.

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13 thoughts on “I=imagination

  1. There is a lot of wisdom in your meanderings. I remember the days you describe. We didn’t know we were bored. I guess we were, occasionally, but as you tell it, we found ways to entertain ourselves. Blessings to you, Patricia…

    1. I think childhood was happier and fuller and more wonder filled than it is now. Poor babies to come will miss out on even more if there isn’t a shift in priorities.

    1. Thanks for visiting. I hadn’t thought of it before but teachers are now expected to be entertainers, If kids are always entertained how will they learn to learn when there is no teacher?

  2. Gosh, can you imagine a life with no imagination? Without imagination you couldn’t even imagine not having it.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    A Faraway View

  3. It is indeed sad children these days don’t benefit from using their imagination as we did. When I was growing up, I had no toys except for one doll. I’m with you. Kids need to daydream. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

    1. We had lots of toys but some days they just didn’t make the cut and then we went places we could never go when tethered to a toy.

  4. Patricia, my daughter and son-in-law still encourage my grandson to be creative, but not for as long a period as we used to have. He has all that technology to get to. Have a happy Saturday.

    1. Kids do need to know about technology but they need to learn how to learn using their own minds too. Parenting hasn’t gotten easy with technology in the mix!

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