This bug reminded me that someone I love has dyed their hair blue. When I had blonde hair, I dyed it red for a change and kept it up for years.
I know this bug isn’t thinking about what’s going on but that blue really does makes it stand out … an easy target.
Transformations happen whether we notice or not. We change. They change. The world changes. It’s also the main driver in stories … no change = no story.
Most fairy tales for children were like parables. They told how youthful, ordinary characters push for change for the better, and are often helped in magical ways, as in Cinderella’s ‘rags to riches’ story. Listeners learn to spot the character’s human qualities. eg. powerless – powerful, arrogant – humble, cowardly – brave, threatening – protective, deceitful – honest, cruel – kind … all that they might live “happily ever after.” It’s all wishful thinking.
Grown ups put their best foot forward and get on with what needs doing.
Inspiring young people to grow out of fairy tale notions happens best thru surprise and laughter, perhaps?
Here’s a recent, modern parable which does this, a speech at Uni of Western Australia by Tim Minchin – 9 Life Lessons read aloud by the comedian himself. It makes me laugh every time I hear it.
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