"Second to the right, and straight on till morning."
That, Peter had told Wendy, was the way to the Neverland. ~ J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
After Last Year’s Adventure, I just couldn’t wait for this day to arrive. Many magical thanks to all the enchanted participants (see them all on my sidebar) in this year’s adventure. Please visit them to discover many different paths to Neverland, Imagination, and Staying Young at Heart.
Now we’re off. First you have to Believe.
‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’ ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Sometimes it’s hard for grown-ups to believe. Yes, sometimes they forget how to follow their dreams.
Mrs. Darling: There are many different kinds of bravery. There's the bravery of thinking of others before one's self. Now, your father has never brandished a sword nor fired a pistol, thank heavens. But he has made many sacrifices for his family, and put away many dreams.
Michael: Where did he put them?
Mrs. Darling: He put them in a drawer. And sometimes, late at night, we take them out and admire them. But it gets harder and harder to close the drawer... He does. And that is why he is brave. ~From the 2003 Peter Pan Movie
Brave? Yes. Some dreams need to wait. Yet I wonder if Mr. Darling would have benefitted from bringing his family along as he followed some of those dreams. The grown-up Wendy remembered the joy of dreaming or she never would have allowed Jane to visit Neverland with Peter.
I’ve chosen long ago to join in and enjoy frequent visits to the land of imagination with my children. We even shared some of that joy with other’s when we installed a fairy door at a local park.
When seeing children dream you can’t help but want to join in. Somehow, watching them, rekindles the fire of imagination you held precious as a child.
And before you know it, your playing along, creating new dreams…
Taking the time to stop and admire the flowers in all their magical glory.
Or, gazing at the beauty of an evening sky…
And not only should you dream, but you should get up and do something about those dreams. Like exploring new places. When in doubt, let the Lost Boys be your guide, and explore frequently.
And Never, I say Never, pass up the opportunity to dip your toes in a cool stream on a warm day. Remember how blissful that was when you were younger? How refreshing?
When you’ve forgotten how to imagine, just follow the children’s example. Play dress-up.
I’ve been dreaming of the Nursery Window. Not the window’s in today’s nurseries (babies room), but the window’s in the Nurseries of Yester-year. The window that Wendy began her adventure from.
Nurseries held adventures, both in reading fanciful stories and acting them out. What would the story of Peter Pan be without it’s start in the Nursery. What about Bedtime Stories? Are they not the fuel of dreams at night?
Someday, I plan on having a magical nursery. A place where not only can my children and grandchildren dream, but I can too. I’m even working on pieces to add to my Nursery. Want a peek? It’s not finished but I’m enjoying the journey and couldn’t wait to share it with you.
Tis a simple clock box. That spoke to my imagination and begged to be something different. Something befitting an enchanted Nursery.
A box that wanted to be a dream itself. And that’s just what it’s turning into. My Neverland Dream.
Can you feel it’s magic.
I promise to show you how it turns out . It’s a slow dream, but I’m loving every second of it.
There are so many adventures I’d love to share. Some of these Neverland journey’s are not completed. I’m still working on them. Part of dreaming is being brave enough to try something new. So I completed another Fawndear First. Shockingly, I, with huge help from my editing-wise son Abner, made a little movie. Well music-video, that is, just over a minute long. It’s a wee little thing so take a peek and please forgive the camera lady, she didn’t do these sweet fairies justice.
There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. Jonas Salk
And for all the wonderful Second Star Participants. I will be randomly selecting a couple of you to receive some of my Fairy Doors on the 28th.
Now, Don’t forget…
‘There is nothing like a dream to create the future.’ ~Victor Hugo
Sweet Dreams and Thank you for Visiting.