A Child’s Imagination Is a Beautiful Thing to Witness

A Child’s Imagination Is a Beautiful Thing to Witness

One mom celebrates the wonder and joy of her child’s extraordinary imagination.


By: Lorraine Allen

This might sound weird, but I love eavesdropping on my daughter. From the time she was about 2 years old, she was a very verbal kid, and she has this way of talking to herself while walking around or playing with her toys that allows me to hear what’s going on in that amazing little head of hers.

There I’ll be, scrubbing dishes or hauling out trash or feeling disgruntled or harried trying to meet a last-second deadline for work, and she’ll be playing with some little toy or her puppy, talking about invisible “rainbows that reach from one end of the world to the other, like a bridge, so that everyone can climb up and become any color they want, and then slide down the rainbow to any place they want to be. The people can be like chameleons!” Or telling her dolls how “the crabs in Havana are so special because they have really little pinchers and don’t hurt, and they can visit outer space on rocket ships!” And so on. Sometimes, she has entire conversations with her toys, as if between two people or a group of people. They will argue, or chitchat, or make up stories together about who they are and what they do. Why they should or should not say this or that. It’s pretty funny and adorable. And it’s never boring or repetitive, at least not to me.

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It never ceases to enlighten or delight me that such a little person -- a toddler, or a preschooler, even -- can have such a complex, intelligent, and thoughtful inner world. Who would think that this tiny girl, who is smaller than our puppy and can throw a tantrum so epic over the color of a shoe or the food on her dinner plate, is capable of all these thoughts? And of course, it’s colorful. So much more colorful and exciting than the most creative idea I’ve dreamed up in eons, it seems. These windows into my kid’s imagination are one of the greatest gifts of parenthood.

How does your child’s imagination show itself to you?



Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 5-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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