Sunday, October 17, 2021

Having An Imagination Is More Important Than Perfect Grades

Imagination. I always told my kids to never lose it. I worried that they might as they got older. I mean, it's natural. A lot of people do. I refused to lose mine. As an only child, it helped that I had to create my own excitement. 

My kids have always had wonderful imaginations. They loved to dress up. 

I would tell them to never lose their imagination because people without it generally are dull. It's not that they are bad people, but they aren't as much fun. I have encountered some of these folks. Many are successful with plenty of money in their accounts, but exciting? No. Not really. Their idea of exciting is bragging about getting wasted over the weekend. 

I tell my kids having an imagination is more important than perfect grades or a fancy job. 

Lucky for me, the imagination has remained even as teenagers. Sometimes Natalie will randomly throw royal balls. 

Royal balls means orchestra music playing and a bunch of stuffed guests. Oh, and me. I'm the queen.

It means having a waiter:

A royal ball can happen over several days. Outfits will be changed. Other furry guests will arrive.

It means orders will be taken.

Plastic food that has been around for many years will be served.

Natalie has tons of costumes in her closet. Sometimes one will be put on during visits with friends. They are used to her antics. 

Most of her friends are accepting of her imagination. Sure you get a few that have lost theirs and want to make everyone around them as miserable as they must be. "Aren't you too old for costumes?" "Aren't you too old for stuffed animals?" No. I tell her to never listen to those comments. I know they must sting and she might think, maybe I am too old for this. But she always comes back and realizes that she likes to dress up and sleep in a bed full of stuffed animals.

My son creates wonderful videos for college classes. I know he wouldn't be able to make them without imagination. 

I am lucky my kids still have their imagination. I hope they never lose it. 

I hope they'll always be up for putting on a costume. 

And I hope they'll always remember how it felt to be a kid and imagine and hold onto that feeling.



  1. It's a very interesting piece, and I do agree with you. The education systems have to evolve we cannot keep raising robots, we need more sensitive and emotionally people.

  2. It is great to see your kids being so creative. That is wonderful that they are having these fantastic childhood moments.

  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE THiS POST. You are so right, that imagination helps them solve problems when they get older, because they can see possibilities others cannot. Hold on to it, sweet ones. You have one smart momma.

  4. Yeah I agree with you 100%. It's so fun that imagination stays with the kid even she's a little grown up.

  5. This is so true! As we grow up we should keep our imaginations for a happy life.

  6. I totally agree, just reading the title alone, I already agree. I am that mom who encourages my kids to be happy, and that not getting the best grades is ok...they'll be ok with life eventually...

  7. Wow, very cool article and photos. Thanks for it!

  8. I love this post, and I can relate with Natalie. I am just like her when I was a little.
    I am using my imagination to play. Cool!

  9. Such amazing costumes, I always love to see everyones creativity this time year shine!

  10. It's great that Natalie has a good imagination. It's perfect for writers and having fun of course.

  11. I love this! With an imagination, you can go anywhere and do anything! I love that you've encouraged your kids to use their imaginations!

  12. I couldn't agree more! You are never too old for stuffed animals 🙈 Husband and I still sleep and play with our stuffed toys. We consider them as our kids and named them too :D Your kids are super creative and I love that ❤️

    Everything Enchanting ❤️

  13. They sure know how to have fun. And for me, all of us will always be young at heart. :) -LYNNDEE

  14. They are having fun, that is what important, as they grow up they are going to face the reality of life. This time they should enjoy.

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