Believing in Magic
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If the Tooth Fairy hadn’t fallen asleep before doing her job, a certain 10 year old might have continued to believe in fairies, Santa, and a candy-delivering bunny.  As it were, the whole lot was exposed at once.  The tragic reveal went something like this:
Daughter: “Mom, the Tooth Fairy didn’t come!” <sniffle>
Mom: “I’m sorry. There’s something I need to tell you.”
Daughter:  “I know.  The Tooth Fairy isn’t real.  Or Santa or anyone else, right?”
Mom:  “Right.  If you knew, why so sad?”
Daughter:  “Because I still want to believe in the magic.”
Well said, I thought.  We all want to believe in magic.  To believe that good surprises drop into our lives on a regualr basis.  The end of the Santa ruse is but one example of the loss of innocence in tweenhood.  When a child becomes a tween, it’s as if her eyes are dilated and she begins to see a wider perspective on the world.  The world stops being a fantasyland.  But it doesn’t have to stop being magical.
At the end of innocence, savy adults can replace the fictional characters of childhood with examples of real-life wonder.  An old friend who calls just as you were thinking of her; assistance that appears exactly when you need it; an amazing and unlikely find at the department store….These and countless other magical moments infuse our lives.  And they’re real magic, not contrived magic from folklore.
Keeping childlike wonder alive is easily accomplished with an open heart and mind.  Help your tween see that gifts are brought to the world not by one man on one night, but by multitudes over a lifetime.  Tis always the season to be jolly, and grateful, and awed by the magical world.
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”  ~Roy L. Smith
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