My 10 year old has been reading this book called "Mandy" by Julie Andrews Edwards. (Yes, that's the same as the Mary Poppins actress) It's about an orphan that finds an abandoned cottage and works to fix it up as her own little get-away haven.
We are lucky to have my parents nearby. They only live about 15 minutes away so the kids get to see them often. They have this fabulous yard, the kind that beggs for kids to be as they really are; adventurers, warriors, race car drivers, wizards and creators.
They have this plant in the yard (as seen in the picture) I don't know what it's called but they look like cat tails on steroids.
Since my daughter has been reading MANDY she has been taking care of this patch of vegetation and making it her own "Narnia" as she calls it.
She has woven mats out of blades from the plant.
she has even made some chairs (held together by tape) Don't they look like something straight out of Fairytopia?
The best part is that there is an open circle inside the plant. This is what she has REALLY been working on. It's her own fort. The place where she will put her chairs, mats and other decorations. She has spent hours on it already and she's still going strong.
But this is just the beginning! There are so many great books she has yet to discover. I can't wait to see what she'll come up with next.
It takes me back to my childhood. I loved making my own forts, hiding places and other worldly places.
What about you? Did you have your own world or . . . how were you inspired by books as a kid (or heck, even now?)