Friday, May 16, 2008

Being Five


When my girls were little, and doing cartwheels, and bopping around with so much light and vibrant energy, I used to say that it would feel good, as an adult, to walk around - to dance, flit, and spin around - in one of those five-year-old bodies for even just a little while. Another great joy in being so young, is the complete "suspension of disbelief." We often hear that phrase in conjunction with movie watching... a movie will mesmerize watchers, reviewers tell us, if they can suspend their disbelief. Five-year-old Tanka walks around with his disbelief permanently suspended.


Out of the blue, he will ask me, "What's your made-up candy?" The trick here is not to ask for an explanation of the "game" because that interferes with the organic flow of the moment. So, he says, "What's your made-up candy?" and I reply, without hesitation, "It lasts a really long time without dissolving and changes flavor every few minutes." I gave the same answer several weeks ago, and he doesn't let that slide. "You've had that kind before," he reminds me. "I know," I tell him, "But it's one of my favorites, so I want to have it again." He's cool with that, and nods his head, pulling a made-up candy of his own from his pocket and popping it into his mouth.


I'm getting in touch with my inner five-year-old: What's your made-up candy?



photo by Aisling, May 16, 2008: Dicentra Spectabilis, Bleeding Heart

8 comments:

Nancy J. Bond said...

My made up candy would be guilt- and calorie-free, any flavor. :)

Aisling said...

Nancy, lol, I think we could all use a little bit (maybe a lot!) of that kind!

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

You are such a good Mama, he's a lucky little boy who has a Mom who doesn't squash his imagination. My made up candy?
It grows on a magic tree in my back yard, year round. Chocolate bars!

Aisling said...

Robbin,

Thank you. I think I'm a lucky Mom to have children with such vivid imaginations! :)

Your magic tree sounds fantastic. Any dark chocolate on there?

linda said...

hello dear aisling..I am sorry I have not been posting my strolls...my computer is on the blink and too slow to upload or download or whatever you call it....anyway, my candy would be lollipops and maltballs alternating..yum..doing imaginery cartwheels with you this morning.

linda sky

Aisling said...

Linda, Nice to hear from you. Your made-up candy sounds fun! Hopefully your computer will perk up and you can post a Sunday Stroll soon. :)

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

OH, yeah Aisling, definitely dark chocolate. I got so involved with the made up candy that I forgot to mention that photo and that plant. It is beautiful and called Bleeding Heart? Wow. I've never seen that. Is it a shrub?

Aisling said...

Robbin, The Bleeding Heart isn't really a shrub. It is a shade loving perennial. In hot summers, the foliage sometimes dies back after the blossoms are done, but in mild years the pretty foliage lingers. Aren't the blossoms gorgous? I just love it.