Dragonfly Designs thrives and functions on a very simple idea: we love sharing things we love with people we love. In fact, we love it so much, that we found a way to do it for a living! So, in the spirit of sharing some of our love with all of you, we wanted to take some time to honor the beauty of the free spirits of all children on our National Independence Day, the 4th of July.
The definition of independent is as follows;
Now, we all know this. But seeing it in writing does make a difference for this conversation. Look at that second definition – “not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence.” As parents, as guardians, as teachers – this is what we want to give the children in our lives. Heck, this is what we want to give one another. There is no greater gift, no greater accomplishment, than showing someone they have the power to pursue and engage in their life exactly as they are now. We all have limitations, and we all learn our boundaries one way or another. Children, especially, learn more and more about their boundaries each day.
But there are certain boundaries children don’t have, that we as adults do.
Have you ever watched your child fall and get back up? I saw a video of children falling on ice this last winter, and though I cringed both outwardly and inwardly at each slip and slide on the ice, they were unphased. They’re quite a bit more pliable, and quicker to heal. My personal cringing came from my understanding of my own boundaries and limitations. If I fell on ice like that, depending on how I fell – well that’s a concussion, or an injured back, or a twisted ankle. But for them, it was just an embarrassing little tumble.
Our boundaries shift and change every day. It’s part of our job here at Dragonfly Designs to give children the knowledge that there is one area where they should never establish a boundary – and that is in their effortless, limitless creativity. We can be inspired by one another, encouraged by one another, but our creativity should never solely depend on one another.
The beauty of the minds of children is something that deserves to be nurtured and treasured. It is our greatest hope that they will never unlearn the fantastical nature of their own minds.
There’s an old joke that addresses this, and it’s one of my favorites:
A teacher is leading a Kindergarten art class. One of the girls in the back is drawing so intensely the teacher can’t help but to wander over to see what she’s so engrossed in.
She looks over the girl’s shoulder and says, “What are you drawing?”
The girl replies in earnest, “I’m drawing God.”
The teacher replies, “But sweetie, no one knows what God looks like.”
The girl says without missing a beat – “They will in a minute.”
I first heard this joke in a Ted Talk from Sir Ken Robinson, where he was discussing creativity in schools. Just over ten years later, it is to this day one of my favorite talks to watch. It’s inspiring, endearing, and enlightening. I could not recommend it more.
In the spirit of creativity and independence, we hope you find the time to encourage and embrace the creativity and self-sufficiency not only of your children, but within yourself and your other loved ones. May we all take a little time to reflect on ways to make our lives easier and filled with freedom of mind, body, and spirit on this day.
Happy 4th of July from all of us here at Dragonfly Designs!