Once there was a fairy
Who had a little tale.
It was literary–
A story authors hail.
All full of magic things,
It was beloved by kids.
And even now it brings
The joy that age “forbids”.
For children grow quickly,
And some grow out of joy.
They seem much more sickly
Than when a girl or boy.
They have lost the wonder
That surrounded their youth.
But some still do plunder
The mines of glad untruth.
All still have kids inside;
Some have just misplaced them.
But those whose kids don’t hide
Are not those to condemn.
Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel–these are just a few of the many classic fairy tales. These stories cultivate imaginations with their whimsy and magic. There is always a happy ending; and no matter how old you are, you can still enjoy a fairy tale.
Disney has been banking on these stories for decades, and they still show no signs of stopping. Why would they?
They work. They still draw crowds of people to the box office. All ages can enjoy these timeless tales.
No matter how hard someone may try, there is a part of every one of us that wants to be a child again. We all want to believe in happy endings. We want to see the world through the optimistic eyes of a child. We long for the simple life of adolescence, because the adult world can be a dark, cruel place.
Some people are immersed in the discord of the world and are always dwelling on the horrors of this life. People that used to watch sitcoms now watch drama. The main place that television is light-hearted is on channels geared toward younger generations.
It is as if culture says we must leave our happy endings and innocent stories behind when we grow up. But I disagree.
Children can teach us so much about life. They can teach us about faith, family, love, forgiveness, happiness, joy.
While children may cry more than adults do, they also laugh more. They always bounce back. One moment they are balling their eyes out and the next they are grinning and singing. They don’t have to have much to have joy, and they have to have even less to spread it.
Imagine a world where people looked through the eyes of children. If even just for a moment, look at the world and see it as a child does. It is much more beautiful that way.
Who says you can’t still be a child sometimes?
Pablo Picasso said,
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
So paint like a child! Your life will be much more colorful!
“Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 18:4