I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
I guess I've developed a habit of starting my blog posts with a quote. Not shocking to those who know me. I've been collecting quotes, mostly about love, for years. I'm a life-long reader (I learned when I was three, and my third grade teacher told me once that I was the only student she'd ever had to ask to *stop* reading!). My bachelor's degree is in English with a focus on 19th Century British Literature. When you think about it, not only the quote business but the whole interest in love and gender issues definitely tie in to my background. Makes sense that one of my passions would be empowering young women to start with loving themselves, and to break some of the gender issues that have faced them throughout history. To put it simply..."Girl Power"!
It's coming soon to the Etsy store!
Anyway, getting back to the quote I used to introduce this post. It's from the book All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. And I think it's so true! Fulghum reminds us that when we were back in that sandbox, it wasn't all fun and games. We learned some important stuff while we built castles and pushed around dump trucks, things like share everything, say you're sorry when you hurt someone, be aware of wonder, live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Those lessons apply just as much when you're 60 as when you're 6. I love the idea of reminding our kids about these basic ideas, keeping them part of their lives as they grow up. It seems that so many adults I've come across have forgotten the simplest ways to be happy and live that balanced life. I'll admit right up front that I'm one of them. I mean, Fulghum reminds us to take a nap every afternoon...where did that one go???? Got to get some of that back on my daily to-do list! Maybe I should make a pendant reminding us all to take the occasional time out (does anybody else call it that when they lock themselves in the bathroom to escape the kids long enough to take a deep breath? Does anybody else ever lock themselves in the bathroom, or is that just me?).
If a piece of jewelry that I make reminds just one girl to remember those things, to feel loved and brave and strong and happy, then that's all I need. I'll consider my "little business" a huge success. My own bit of Girl Power!