Today, while we were in town and David gave our truck an oil change, Aisha, Brioni and Calista scavenged to find little bits of rubbish which they personified for play. Rocks, bits of plastic, tape and ribbon became main characters and stage sets for an extravagant concert with lots of dancing.

Aisha and Calista playing with found objects, December 2011
Calista collects objects from around our truck, and Aisha carefully arranges them into a microcosm.

Playing with found objects, December 2011
Aisha moves her characters around as part of the concert they're performing for the audience of rocks.

Brioni plays with found objects, December 2011
Brioni has taped together some leaves to make more interesting performers.

I’ve written before about how we travel with few toys, and yet I’m still amazed at how our children take any objects they find and use their imagination to create whole worlds. Appreciating their play emboldens me to embrace our uncertain future with the same focus on the present — to seize the moment instead of stalling in favour of something that doesn’t yet exist.

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” When we as adults lose our imagination in favour of scientific stories, we also lose that special childlikeness that permits us to be invincible, to create benevolent worlds and gives us unending hope for the future.