This post is intended for you, if you have a little girl or were a little girl once upon a time. And for you, if you have a little boy or were a little boy at one time. In short, this post is for You.
Let’s test your beliefs.
Last weekend I was having a serious conversation with my 9-year old niece about…dragons. As we thumbed through her beautifully illustrated dragon book, I asked her something I have wondered for years: If dragons aren’t real, then why do you think they appear in so many stories? Could they have been real at one point, or have they been completely mythical since the beginning of time?
With her perfectly soulful, earnest brown eyes, she looked squarely into mine and said, “But Aunt Leslie, they are real. You can even buy dragon eggs on the internet. I’ve seen them.”
Be honest, did you laugh when you read my niece’s response? Or did you think, “Aww, how cute,” or maybe, “Huh? She believes in dragons at age 9?” I did not laugh. I couldn’t; she was serious. Very serious.
Besides, I was fascinated by her matter-of-fact response. So I asked her more about dragons. Then about elves, and later unicorns, and eventually about mermaids. Continue Reading