I wander in here this morning, a little discombobulated because Molly had demanded to be let out early and Bella was like ‘nope’. Molly went outside, Bella stretched out on the floor and I tried to go back to bed. Bella eventually wandered back into the bedroom and jumping up on the bed made herself comfortable. That lasted only a few moments before she decided that maybe she did want to go outside. Fine.
Both dogs now outside, safely contained in my fenced front yard, I started my coffee brewing and made my way into this room. That was when I noticed the not so stray cats staring in the window from the back yard. I go feed the not so stray and pouring a cup of coffee on my way back, I finally get back in here to sit down. And see my calendar. There in, was my oops.
Without realizing what I was doing, my footnotes post last night, was about magic and magical is today’s prompt. Hmm. That leaves me in a quandary. Do I use the word anyway or do I seek something else?
At the conclusion to last night’s footnotes, I asked if the reader believed in magic. A comment left was “It depends on how we define magic.”
There are many different thoughts on magic. Some see it as innocent, some as evil, some as merely a form of entertainment. I think, it really depends on how it is presented and used.
Years ago I wrote and self published what I considered a young adult novel. Though many adults told me they enjoyed reading the book. Inside the pages, there are mentions of magic. It did after all come complete with a wizard and they are well known for feats of magic.At a local street, craft fair I had a booth. A lady walked up to my table and picked up the book her first words was does it contain magic? In a sense yes. She put the book down and walked away. In the book the magic is alluded to, not gone deep into depth. It was her choice to walk away.She apparently was one to think that all magic is evil and the work of demons.
I asked a former preacher from our church his opinion after having read the book. He told me that the book was a classic good against evil story and that the magic mentioned was what was used to combat and eventually win over the evil. Yet, there is still and always will be the dark stain on magic. Because yes, magic can and does have a dark side. But here, are some of my thoughts.
Look at the world through the eyes of a child, before we educate and eradicate the wonder from them. Before we teach them what causes a lightening bug’s butt to glow or that bumble bees should not be able to fly. See their eyes light up at a shooting star, or as they blow wishes from a dandelion. Watch a child as they splash and play in puddles, listen to their laughter and tell me that isn’t magic.See the look on a young person’s face when they catch that first fish, fly a kite for the first time, comprehend how an item works.
Watch, as they hold a newborn sibling for the first time. Watch as they hold a puppy, a kitten, pet a newborn lamb. See that wonder and amazement. Tell me, that isn’t magic.
We can explain why something works or doesn’t. We can teach lessons upon lessons on every subject known to humanity. We should never, kill the magic that resides within the spirit. The magic of wonder, curiosity, imagination.
To watch an individual, no matter their age, create art. Is magic. To see them move in dance, to play music from any instrument, to write the words that will inspire a movement. That, is magic and magical.
It isn’t always about seances or ouija boards. It isn’t always about card tricks, cutting people in half or making tigers disappear. It isn’t always the dark side. I know that to many there is a curiosity about that dark side, and there are those who visit it without considering the doors they are opening.I’m not going to even consider here if there is any way that the innocent side can be a gateway to the dark. I’m not going there in this write because here, I am staying in the positive and innocent.
Here, I want to consider and contemplate how wonder and curiosity can create and show the magic of life. I seek, as in many of the things I write, to plant a seed. How it can lead one to seek to better understand and even have a deeper wonder and enjoyment of what goes on around us.
When the bolts of lightning streak across the sky creating that momentary flash.
When a drop of rainwater, or snowflake falls onto one’s hand.
When a single white cloud drifts across a clear blue sky.
When a whale or dolphin dances on the water’s surface.
When we see the amazing and our heart smiles with the enjoyment and magic of the moment.
Maybe my oops, wasn’t an oops after all. It allowed me to contemplate and share just one more thought on the topic.