Wish Upon a Star
by Sue Dickinson
Several years ago I worked in Downtown Denver on the 16th Street Mall. The Mall is an eclectic place, where people feel comfortable expressing themselves. You will see teenagers with spiky hair and leather clothing on the Mall shuttle, side by side with businessmen in suits. Musicians perform on the corners for donations, and lawyers and clerks hurry through the streets, anxious to get to court. But, in the midst of this diverse gathering, there was one mall resident that nobody could quite believe. He was a large man, tall and about 250 lbs, and he spent every lunch hour roller skating through the Mall….in a tank top and tutu.
Quite a spectacle, but this man didn’t seem to even notice the commotion he was causing. He skated blissfully on, beaming, lost in his fantasy.
fantasy can play an important role in achieving the things we fear.
Children know this very well. Fred Epstein, in his book "If I make it to
Five" tells the story of Matthew, a four-year-old boy with a tumor in his
spinal cord. He endured several surgeries and a whole lot of pain by
mastering his imagination. Matthew loved to pretend, and he particularly
loved costumes. Many people found it strange that Matthew preferred to
dress as Zorro, Spiderman, or in any of the many other superhero costumes
he owned, but Dr. Epstein explained that it was actually a brilliant way
for his young mind to handle the terrifying and painful life he led.
© Sue Dickinson 2010
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