and repurposed 10-minute flower garland
I believe that story-writing is a skill that all children are gifted with.
I think that it is embedded in their bones, coursing through their veins, weaving in and out of their minds like the imagination that they have. It's magic, it truly is. Even in their waking dreams, they believe, believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy, so wholeheartedly with the hopefulness glimmering in their eyes and roseate cheeks, that even you begin to be convinced too.
I believe that they snatch these wisps of stories from their air with chubby fists, spinning them into tales richly laden with creativity, with fantasies beyond anyone's wildest dreams. They concoct these tales, prescribing smiles for everyone. They bring much joy.
But the innocence and naivety of childhood is not eternal. It fades, either slowly and gradually, or vanishes with celerity, without a trace to be left behind. Slowly, as we grow, that gold in our bones simmers down and is whisked away, into places no-one knows of. It disappears as we grow, replaced by worries and the depressingly blank wall we face as we slowly, but surely, age. Colour, we see on more, as well as the spices of life. Magic which once bewitched us turns into legerdemain, mere tricks and sleight of deceiving hands. We do not capture the essence of beauty in everyday life, with mind brimming with worries and frustrations.
I stand (or rather, sit) here today, neither child nor adult, teetering on the edge of both worlds, one filled with enchantment, the other dull, defined. I'm unsure, not knowing of what to do, of which path to take. I do not wish to let that beauty of childhood escape, but already, I feel it seeping away. There's nothing to do but wait; wait for time to make her move.
Orange-Rum Gingerbread Pancakes
And whilst being soaked in the childhood spirit - why not have a flower garland - mess-free! I don't believe in letting things go to waste, hence repurposing these 5-minute paper roses into a garland.
5 + 5 equals 10. Just ten minutes of your time for a fancy garland. Worth it, eh?
Tape roses onto a metre or so long piece of yarn with tape and hang. Enjoy.