Let’s pretend

Yesterday I watched the amazing ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’ with Johnny Depp. I hadn’t seen it before and it was a great remake. I loved the first version and used to oft times sing the Oompah Loompah song, so I was a bit cautious about the second film. But it is quirky and idiosyncratic, so right up my street.

Yesterday I went for a walk in Sandwich, with a dear friend, who is like a sister to me. We reminisced about previous holidays and as we were walking by swaying reeds, with the air swimming with golden shimmering light, she said “we could be in Greece right now, we could be anywhere”. I was transported away by my imagination, into a holiday place. I felt I had had a little holiday.

We then sat and had impromptu chips (the first in ages) and sat on a bench, socially distanced. So when I went home, I felt like I had been abroad, because I used my imagination. It was a really special time.

Things are tough for many of us at the moment, life is different, more restrictive and we all want to be safe, so that means less on our agenda. However things like my trip to Sandwich are all the more special because they are no longer commonplace. I now squeeze more out of the orange than I ever did before (see post on life is like an orange for more on that).

Today’s recipe of hope is to use your imagination today. Pretend you are on holiday, conjure up an imaginative day. And please share what you have done with us for new ideas on life. I look forward to hearing from you.

May we all learn how wonderful living an imaginative, hopeful life can be X


(accessed 20/09/2020)

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