A lovely dinner with a few colleagues and students brought some relaxation time to our mid-week earlier this week. And along came one of the colleague’s son, who brought us so much fun, joy and laughter. Through that dinner and dessert time thereafter, we were all amazed at his energy level, but more so, was his power of imagination.
The power of imagination is a force that is necessary and powerful. Without it, life is mundane and boring. And perhaps as adults, sometimes we forget about the simplest thing like ‘imagining’. Throughout the dinner the kid shared with us a land where it exists beyond the closet of Narnia; meaning it was all in his head and imagination. But it doesn’t make it any less real than any actual location on Earth. It was called ‘Boys’ Land’. 😀 It may not have been real in our context where it’s a physical geographical location, but it was as real as it was in his mind as he shared with us the different rules of Boys Land, the different laws, the people living in it, the visitors who can visit the land.
It was so enjoyable listening to him that we wanted to go, but we can’t, because we’re not boys. HAHAHAHAHA! 😀 That’s the #1 rule of Boys’ Land where only Boys are allowed to live there. If anyone else wants to enter, they need to have 3 things: A valid driver’s license, a car plate (not even the car) and they need to know how to drive. So Girls live in Girls’ Land but can visit Boys’ Land if they have all 3 things above, and not any less. And visitors can only stay in Boys’ Land without a visa for 12 days, any more than that one will get punish by Boys’ Land’s law and thrown in jail for 25 years. It was strict (because the punishment was longer than the visa itself, and we weren’t expecting 25years) but makes so much sense, because there are countries where it allow visitors to stay there without visa but only for a period of time.
And to get to Boys’ Land from anywhere else, one will need to drive there, but to go to Girls’ Land, one will have to walk. To be honest I was unable to picture the geographical location of the distance between Boys’ Land and Girls’ Land, whether they exist at the same location but far apart (E.g. North and South side of the island) or are they are different location (E.g. Island A and Island B). But it didn’t really matter because he had it down to the details of how to arrive at both Lands.
It was amusing and enjoyable when we played along about visiting Boys’ Land; telling the kid about scenarios and see how he responded and reacted. For example I asked him, “Can I enter Boys’ Land if I have a valid license, a car plate and can drive a car?” In which he responded, “Yes.” So I continued on with another question, “What if on the 12th day I exit Boys’ Land and then can I come back in again to extend my stay for 12 more days?” And his response was a short pause and he said, “Yes, that is okay. But you cannot bring a friend in. The friend must also have the driver’s license, the car plate and know how to drive, if not your friend cannot enter with you.” So apparently, Boys’ Land is very strict with visitor’s policy where having all 3 things meant you have a passport. Anything less would be considered ‘no passport’ hence no entry… Hehehehehe, how cute was that! 🙂
What made all of us laugh was among our group there was a male student and he asked the kid if he can enter Boys’ Land and what was inside Boys’ Land. The kid’s responses caught us off-guard and we broke into laughter when he replied, “Yes, you can enter because you’re a boy. You know what is inside already because you’ve been there.” It was such a quick response and such an honest one where all we could respond was with laughter because of how innocent that was, not to mention how much sense it made! Of course the male student could enter! And of course, because it’s the Boys Land, so he must have been there! 😀 Among the rest of the conversation we had with him, his knowledge and depth of the rules and regulations of Boys’ Land was most impressive; so much so that we wanted to visit if possible – the different places inside, what sort of things we could see and play in… Even for 12 days, I think that’ll be quite an adventure? 😀
The evening didn’t wind down after dinner and Boys’ Land since we decided to grab dessert, which was an ice-cream but Hokkaido Butter flavoured. It was delicious as we sat around the almost empty playground. And once again, the kid’s imagination took hold. And it was adorable seeing him play at the playground in his own make-believe play and including us in his play because of all the rules he set with us and how we should respond to him. From starting his sentences with “Guys”, he changed to “Ladies” when the male student excused himself for awhile, hehehehe… And how the kid would have different roles for us when he plays ‘King of the Playground’ – About how he would address us, and how we would react (E.g. counting 1,2,3,4 when he raised 1 finger, to clap when he raised 2 fingers, only the ones he tapped a.k.a assigned can assist him and cheer, and all to applause after he finish his speech). It was a fun moment playing with him, when the more we applause the more we fueled him in his imaginative play without his energy level depleting, hahahaha! 😀
His power of imagination amazed us, and it made our whole evening extra memorable and fun. Well, seeing how all of us are Early Childhood trained, we definitely enjoyed the company of a kid and were all willingly playing along to all his imagination and games. And it does make me think about our power of imagination when we were young and compare to as we grow older… perhaps over the years as we grow older it has slowly diminished. But as much as we are bound by the rules in life or things we need to do, spending time with this kid was reflective; more specifically on how we should never forget the power of imagination, or to forget how to imagine and play make-believe. Because as much as the world we create in our minds are not real, it is real enough to serve as a platform for us to escape when things get a little tough, for us to immerse ourselves in a world where it makes us laugh till we cry, laugh till our tummies ache and our cheeks sore, to fully enjoy the power of relaxation when we allow ourselves to let our imagination take flight! Play is a powerful tool, and so is Imagination. When we combine both Imagination and Play together, we create something wonderful~ ❤
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