My daughter has a lovely eclectic collection of ‘friends’ in her borrowed dollhouse and I couldn’t resist the temptation to photograph them how she had (quite neatly) arranged them one morning.
As I was looking at them I got thinking about how I hope that her real friends in life will be just as diverse and interesting. Two in particular took my attention – Buddha and Dinosaur…
What fascinating friends these must be! Two of my main interests in life – spirituality & evolution and I got to thinking that her other friends could represent other aspects of life.
Here is Friendship. These two (Maggie calls them both ‘girl’) are inseparable and often found sitting on the couch watching Maisy!
Here is Food. Frog is sitting in the kitchen and having already had a big struggle with food in her life I’m hoping the whole food journey we’re just embarking on will heal, nourish and delight Maggie and give her a healthy relationship with food.
Here is Craziness. We all need a bit of crazy in our lives – impulse, abandon and letting it all go. And if putting a t-shirt over your head in the bath works for you then go for it! Crazy helps you keep sane.
Here is Rest. Ahh, one of my favourites. My highschool friends knew never call me before midday on the weekend, but sadly those days are long gone. This is a wonderful thought from Mr Curly to Vasco Pyjama…
In response to your question, “What is worth doing and what is worth having?” I would like to say simply this. It is worth doing nothing and having a rest; in spite of all the difficulty it may cause, you must rest, Vasco — otherwise you will become RESTLESS! I believe the world is sick with exhaustion and dying of restlessness.
(Curly Pyjama Letters. Leunig)
So true Mr Curly – Nanna naps are incorrectly named – everyone has the right to nap!
Here is Adventure. What is life without adventures? If she has Goodrich genes in her then I’m sure she’ll have plenty. But you don’t have to go far for an adventure. I like to go places by myself and see what happens. A night at a new pub many years ago turned into an amazing adventure of new friends and new music – listening to Fats Waller records in the dark.
And I hope that all of you out there in the big wide world have all of these things in bucketloads too…