Oh, look at that!
It’s a panda. You see it? There’s a ship. Look look look.
Right there, follow my finger. You see it?
No. Well sort of.
Ooowa! That one’s weird. I think it’s an old man. He’s smiling. See?
Yeah! I see it…
I saw nothing. Really. Just nothing. It was humiliating.
I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t even see shapes in the clouds. I’m broken.
My son sat for another thirty minutes on the car ride to the Keys pointing out dragons eating ice cream and flying mermaids while I gave up and checked my email on my phone.
Where did my creativity go? What happened to my imagination? I kept asking myself that as I sporadically searched the sky for the latest cloud news flash.
Look, wait, yeah, it’s a turtle! Right there. There’s the head, the shell, it’s moving.
I saw nothing.
Later, when I walked out on the jetty, to sit and listen to the water pat the rocks below. I watched the fish spring out, the birds zoom overhead, and the clouds float by. I squinted at the sky. I drew images with my eyes.
I saw nothing.
I tried again the next day and the next, but found nothing.
And this is what I’ve decided. All literature, the books that have guided me though rough times, the prayers that have steadied me, could never have shown me exactly why I’m so lost sometimes.
But, that boy and those clouds did.
When you look up into the sky…
7 thoughts on “Keep Your Head in the Clouds”
There’s also a lot more in your post than meet’s the eye.
So, you saw it then.
That was indeed an inspirational post. The most wonderful truth is how the innocence in children and their open minds inspire us towards creativity, imagination and innovation and leaves us with a sense of pure joy and simplicity 🙂
We lose it if we don’t keep our eyes open.
Really enjoyed this post-an imaginative ode to imagination!
Yes, that must be it!
I saw it! ☺ beautiful reminder!