Monday, November 9, 2015

In Defense of Magic

That title and those words will seem odd coming from a Catholic.  Admittedly, it's something I've struggled with in the past.  I believe that magic is necessary especially for children.  Don't crucify me yet.  I have good intentions.  I promise.
Recently, we've been battling at our home the struggle of growing up too soon.  The little miss is 10 and thinks now is an appropriate time to wear makeup and chase boys.  I'm not inclined to agree.  As I've explained to her, with age comes responsibility and once you've grown up, there's really no going back.  Immature adults that act like children are not something to admire.
However, once you grow up, the magic of childhood is gone.  Sure, you can recreate it for your children but when you're not on the receiving end, it's not nearly the same.  Gone are the beliefs that mermaids live in Lake Michigan and that leprechauns leave chocolate coins on St. Paddy's day.  It's really quite sad when magic is gone and your facing real life which entails having a job and paying bills.  Yuck!

I recently read both the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. Both deal with magic whether it's Hogwarts School of Wizardry or Camp Half-Blood.  To be honest, both are beautifully magical.  I believe that we need something beautiful to believe in and not just God.  Little magic is important for every day life; it brings the fun to life's surprises.  God has great importance-- there's no denying that.  However, I like to credit God with greatness (which is well deserved).  Of course my children know that God created the world and is responsible for mankind.  I'm not discrediting or taking credit for God's work.  I simply want to keep life interesting for my children while they're little.

No book burning or banning allowed at my house. Fairies, wizards and leprechauns share book shelf space with Noah's Ark and the story of the Nativity.