Carry your childhood with you
“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.” — Tom Stoppard
Here it is: photographic evidence that a lot of things about me haven’t changed in nearly half a century. I still love cats. I still love yellow. I still wear my hair in a bun often (no wisecracks about librarians here). And the camera, well, need I say more?
This photo was taken just before we left for church (that’s the only time we were all dressed up) and I’m amused to recall how my parents let me wear and use that cheap plastic camera everywhere I went. Back in those days, not many kids were taking photos of any kind. I just wish my old black and white negatives were not lost in the decades that followed.
I’m guessing that you, too, carry many things from childhood inside you. For almost all of us, it’s a mixed bag, but I agree with Stoppard that if we stay in touch with all that was best about being a child, we never really grow older.
What happy traits and images do you carry with you from childhood? I hope you will visit with your inner child often. For some, the inner child is a pop psychology construct, useful for analysis or recovery, but otherwise disdained. For me, though, my inner child is a muse, reminding me of all the best lessons I learned early, filled with uncontaminated wonder at a world that seems one part intrigue and two parts promise.
If the weather is good where you are, go out and play for awhile! If it’s rainy, stay indoors and play. In the immortal words of the Cat in the Hat, “your mother will not mind at all.” 😉