Juggling in 3D 405: Father Christmas
Lynn writes: 'Recently my 9 year old daughter Iona asked a question I had hoped we would delay for another year: "Is there really a Father Christmas?” I knew I could put the truth off no longer as the same query had happened in different forms several times in recent weeks. So biting the bullet I told her that Father Christmas is a magical story that parents tell young children and that no there is no white bearded man who shrinks to come down the chimney.
She was distraught and immediately knew that the tooth fairy and Easter bunny were likely to be equally fictious. When she calmed down, to my surprise, what was really bothering her was that without magic she would never be able to fly! When we looked at it another way things seemed much more possible - after all her great Grandma would never have believed she would fly in an aeroplane nor that anyone would ever get to the moon but both happened in her life time. All we need to make these things happen is imagination, drive and the ability to think laterally, all of which Iona has in abundance, so who knows!
Where do you need to think laterally?'
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