In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connect the Dots.”
I recently watched the film, Finding Neverland, on Netflix and I found this film to be one of my most favorite Johnny Depp films to date. In it, Depp plays J. M. Barrie, the playwright who went on to create Peter Pan and the imaginary world of Neverland. As I read the news a few days ago I came upon a story about how an area in Somerset’s Wayford Woods is condemning the finding of a bunch of tiny doors on trees. These trees are supposed homes to fairies!!
Now, I for one, like to have an imagination, don’t you? Why are we always being forced to grow up and stop believing in fairy tales and fairies and Peter Pan and worlds that we can fly to with a simple sprinkling of pixie dust? Why?! What is the harm in finding a few doors on trees? These doors could lead children, or maybe even adults, to some major new rooms in their own lives. Why do we continue to stifle creativity? Why do we continue to cut out artistic programs that will teach people to think, grow, imagine, act, change, adapt, and learn? What are we afraid of? Are we truly afraid that our own ideals will be challenged, and God forbid, maybe even CHANGED?!! GASP! SAY IT ISN’T SO!
It is said, in another Peter Pan based film, Hook, that fairies die by our disbelief, it is also stated in Finding Neverland. Maybe there is something to it, if it is stated blatantly in two films. Maybe we should begin to take note of it and believe again! Create again! Imagine a world where we all had the faith of a child and we wouldn’t take down doors on trees in woods that are doing no harm to anyone, not even the trees! Imagine a world that we could create and if we only believed, it was ALL possible! What a world it would be.