On the Awesomesauce of Magic
The call from my oldest daughter, K, regarding her oldest daughter, B, (my oldest granddaughter – she’s 8) went like this:
K: Mom? I have a question to ask you.
K: Some of B’s classmates are telling her that the characters in movies like “Frozen” and the fairies in “Tinkerbell” aren’t real. She asked me if that was true, and I stumbled. I didn’t know what to say.
ME: So what did you say?
K: I asked her what she thought.
(ugh…I hate that answer..always have always will…it ranks right up there with, “because I said so” and is about as useful..but I didn’t tell K this)
K: She just shrugged. What would you have told her?
what would I have said…a million things about magic and belief and I’d of gone on and on, just like I did when K asked me these questions a thousand years ago…
ME: I would have said of course those people are real.
K: How do you explain that, when we know they are not real.
ME: Do we?
ME: Do we know, without a doubt, that fairies that help little boys and princesses that freeze things are not real?
ME: Exactly my point. We choose not to believe, and when we do that I think we lose a little bit of the magic in our souls.
K: Oh, mom…this is why I call you.
K: I’m going to have B call you, okay?
Later that afternoon, my phone rings…
B: Hi Grammy.
ME: Hi B, how are you?
B: Fine. Umm, Grammy are Elsa and Anna real?
(my mind races…”Elsa?”…”Anna?”…before I realize they must be the princesses in “Frozen”)
B: Oh…how do you know?
ME: B, the characters in the movies aren’t the ‘real’ fairies, or princesses or what have you. Do you think every ‘Santa’ you see in a movie is the real Santa? Of course not. The real Santa, and the real fairies and princesses are far too busy with important things to take time to make a movie.
B: Then who is in the movie?
ME: The movies are based on these people, but played by actors who spend time with them and study them so they can be realistic.
B: Okay…thanks, bye!
Just like that, the conversation was over and a little bit of magic was restored to a tender soul still wanting to believe.
And, who knows, maybe that little bit of magic spread to an old soul, making her feel the awesomesauce of it all once again.