Tucked away in the closet (if you want to call the tiny space in our room a closet) our toddler found a roll of the holiday wrapping paper. Don’t ask me why it’s still in the closet, but it was there and he, with the mind of a crafty performance artist or the dreams of a magician, thought he might wrap himself up in that paper and what: roll away, send yourself to grandma’s house (that’s not a bad idea)—no, no, this child just wanted to lie there performing and wasting all that wrapping paper. I suppose he imagined himself a caterpillar (a very hungry one I might add) or a gift (you are a gift to us my dear). But I think he looks more like some kind of human cannon ball, or a “fruit roll up”, or a sushi roll (I miss sushi). I also think he liked the clash and crinkling of the paper as he rolled around in it. I watched him as he was determined to figure out how to get this paper around his entire body. During his play, he had a slight moment of frustration. I was tempted to help but I was curious too, so I stayed out of the way and secretly rallied for him to figure it out. He obviously did.
I guess he thought he was clever “finding” that roll of paper in the closet right where we (oh um, I mean Santa) left it in plain sight. I should only blame myself (or maybe my husband, it’s his closet) for leaving things out for this kid to find and tear up (I mean be creative with). Do you know how many more gifts we could have wrapped for you next year in that perfectly good paper? I guess you’ll never know…
I should add: It’s a good thing we are committed recyclers. It was tough tossing all that paper away in the recycle bin. But I just couldn’t stop him from having all that fun in all that colorful paper. When it comes to the kids’ imaginations, I again just try to stay out of the way, watching to make sure they don’t break something or hurt themselves, but most of all just allowing them to have fun and create with the world around them. Here’s to raising creative and imaginative kids.
Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.