“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
— Albert Einstein
The reunion my family had in Tennessee this past year was a great experience. I met some nieces and nephews I had never seen because of the many miles between us. There was a 5-year-old niece who made one of the highlights of the trip. She would drive her father’s golf cart around the farm as well as any adult. She would take her three friends in the cart with her each time she went someplace. The cart was always empty, but her friends were always with her because they were her imaginary friends and to her they were real.
She told me some stories about what she and her friends would do when they were in the cart or just spending time together. The imagination she had, and the stories about some of the things they would do together, was a treasure for me to hear and is something I will never forget.
Most children have imaginations and that is something parents should encourage and not squash. The things a child thinks about and the things they do with their imagination are the basics that build a strong mind and a thinking mind...