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Imagination

13 Jan

Imagination

Princess Velvet Violet was a figment of my daughter’s fertile imagination back in the late 1980’s when we lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her mum made this lovely gown for her so that she could play at dressing up, augmenting the avid reading she used to do (generally under her bunk bed, with a glass of milk and some chocolate biscuits) through dramatic re-enactment.

She would spend hours buried in a novel, or story book developing her life long passion for literature.

On Saturdays, my daughter and I would stroll down to the Tyneside Cinema to watch a matinee with an ice lolly. The little Art Cinema would show runs of 1950 black and white films with Errol Flynn, Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich, transporting us both into the silver screen. It is one of my fondest memories of being a parent – sharing that magical medium with my daughter.

The greatest gift we can give our children is to take responsibility for freeing their minds so that they can develop their imagination. The greatest gift they give us is the courage they express as they show their individuality through the life they lead as adults.

No national curriculum, refurbished education policy, or political cant will achieve this: only the instinct, love, openness, and muddle of a parent will do. Politicians and teachers on the left and right would do well to remember the old riddle:

“What can you be given, but you can never give back?”
Answer = an Education.

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