We know the lost boys of Neverland and the folk from Narnia, their mighty mystique seems to awe even the most cynical of beady eyes. At which stage of life and with what environment do these enchanted places become just a childish and detached haven? One glorious paradise I was privileged to visit across Victoria was the common school. And there were plenty of them. A most amazing place; one of pure magic, schools are quite simply the bomb. With many a visit to all kinds of schools this past fortnight, one thing is a certain commonality; kids are incredible.
Despite repeating the same presentation, on more than thirty-five occasions, the reaction on the students’ faces is pure bliss. They represent so much more than the pupils in this school or that, more than that number in the system or ‘bum on a seat’, ensuring funding. On the grand scheme, these little champions are our future but for now, they are just a big bunch of impeccable human beings. I can’t help but wonder what goes through their minds as I strut my idiotic acting and inspirational tales before their eyes but I do know, their innocence reassures me there’s a little piece of magic in every experience in which kids encounter. Oh, to be a child again, the world is such a simplistic place to grow in and explore.
The most impressionable of souls, children only see mystical power with all they consume within each day’s experience. So, for every student, the amazing realms of one’s imagination are transformed to all extremes, each different from the next. It is rather inspiring just watching how the kids soak in what my magicians and I have to offer. I feel humbly blessed for just being asked to show off and share with these kids.
As the magic of Santa’s special visit rolls around, spare a thought for the child within. Be thankful for the incredible world your childhood brought and spread its beauty with honour, for the greatest gift one can share this festive season with our youth is of course the wonder of childhood joy. We are adults a long time, celebrate childhood like it should be.