Once upon a time is why we read stories to kids. It is not just for entertainment, or to teach the love of reading, or to simply teach them what they need to know, it is most of all to give children a gift – the power of their own imagination. When you transport them to wonderland or to never-never land, they see that anything is possible. You plant a seed to grow the ability to create something from nothing, and hope that they never ever forget this as they grow up and wonder about the world.
Wonder is connected to fear. I think Baba Yaga said this. Fairy tales always have danger. Fear is a place to begin wonder, trust that it can lead you to the story of your life with all of its magic, dark shadows, and wondrous things waiting for you.
“Will, love, and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to their fullest extent is a magician.”
– W. Somerset Maugham
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