Imagination

Samson embraces his growing imagination. David Brooks, author of The Social Animal, says “blending neural patterns is called imagination- arduous and practical. No simple machine can blend two complicated constructs” such as Samson’s ability to imitate a tiger. What does the tiger say? And there he is, making “tiger” sounds. Soo precious! He also pretends to fly a plane, while holding his helicopter up in the air. It seems simple, but is far from it. According to Fauconnier and Turner, “building an integration network involves setting up mental spaces, matching across spaces, projecting selectively to a blend, locating shared structures, projecting backward to inputs, recruiting new structure to the inputs or the blend, and running various operations in the blend itself.” That’s only the start of it.

My bubby’s imagination scared him when he discovered his shadow; not the playful one created by the sun, but the distorted and spooky one created by the nightlight. He rushed to hold me—turns around and there it is again— with a worried and make- it- go-away look on his cute face. I remedied this new and (probably) only fear of his by challenging him a little bit. With a flashlight, I showed him the “bunny” shadow created by my hand. At first he hated it before learning that it was my hand creating these images on the wall. Then he tried it. It was super adorable! He approached it with ambivalence at first, but after seeing what his cute little fingers created with a flashlight, he became comfortable experimenting more with the shadows, like a “peekaboo” game. He was at ease by the end of this activity and I, in good riddance that my bubby gained his confidence back.

He relies on me for comfort and security. It is sooo easy providing that to such a beautiful angel, my son. He trusts me to “make the spooky shadows” go away. I will always be there to comfort and make sure that he continues to embrace his *Spongebob Squarepants voice and rainbow motion* IMAGINATION.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. –Albert Einstein

 

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