For a few minutes yesterday, I felt almost eight years old again. I was leafing through the bold and fun pages of the American Girl magazine. I bought a copy to include in my young niece's birthday gift. The magazine, aimed towards girls ages 8 though 14, includes articles, fiction, arts and crafts, party plans and projects, quizzes and all manner of activity ideas.
Dare I admit it, I almost wanted to go back to the store and get my own copy. For as I read, I felt the stirring of my happy girlhood memories. The joy of remembering those simple, innocent childhood pursuits.
What I've discovered (maybe you have too), we are never too old to rekindle those pleasures... even if only for a few minutes before we put on our grown up faces again. Maybe that's why we have daughters, nieces, and granddaughters, so we can enjoy those nice girlhood memories all over again.
I STILL GET PLEASURE IN...
Playing with paper dolls
-- and creating a make belief world for them;
Browsing through the children's section of a bookstore;
Borrowing children's picture books from the library
-- and letting my imagination go with the flow;
Sitting down with a new box of wax crayons
and a thick coloring book chock full of exciting choices --
(I mean, wasn't that half the fun, deciding what to color first?);
Where has your mind happily skipped off to in reading my list?