Teaching the youth how to use their imagination.
This morning, I was explaining to a child how kids played without smartphones and video games, without fancy toys and television. I was explaining using imagination and to that I got, “Well, when I play with cars, I pretend they’re driving. That’s using my imagination.”. I couldn’t disagree with that, but I tried to elaborate on how far imagination could be pushed. There is a big difference between pretending a toy car is actually being driven and pulling out all the boxed/canned goods from the kitchen, setting up shop in the living room and pretending you are running a grocery store. There is also a difference between pointing your finger, pretending you’re shooting someone and building a fort out of whatever you can find and move to the backyard. As I elaborated, I began to reminisce on those days of grocery store, forts, bridge building and tree climbing. Although I thought I did a pretty good job of explaining my case, there would be nothing quite like actually doing it. And do it we did, to the extreme.
Fort building was today’s imagination exercise. I must say, this thing was way cooler than the ones I built when I was a kid…except for the two-story number I built against our swing set, that thing is unbeatable. Anyhow, the building started with one large box. Then I heard my mom say “No, no, I have a BIGGER box. I mean a BIG box.”. My sister and I chuckled as we always do when my mom gets super excited about small things, I suppose that’s where I get it from. She wasn’t kidding either, these boxes were gigantic.
With these super-sized boxes, we managed to create a house attached to a restaurant. The units were attached by a tunnel, naturally. The kids wanted to run a taco stand and chose the name Taco Awesome. They chose the hours of operation, I helped come up with the menu. Since I am 12 at heart, I had to add fishy tacos to the menu. The restaurant was equipped with an order/pick-up window and a drive-thru window. We even made money and fake food. The house portion had a working door and windows, complete with awnings. I can’t claim responsibility for those awesome awnings, but I did make the Taco Awesome sign.
This day brought me back the the Gonzalez-crew heyday on Aster. Such a great day!