I just finished reading Augusten Burroughs’ book Magical Thinking. In it, he describes magical thinking as his ability to think something into being. When he wanted a bestselling book, he just thought about it hard enough, and sure enough, it came to pass.
In my little world, magical thinking is the ability to turn an ordinary box into a television, a computer, or a car. Last night, when I climbed into bed with Maddie for lie-with-me night, she was curled up next to her dolly who was sitting inside a small gift box. “We’re just watching TV,” she said. “Do you want to watch with us?” Why, yes I did. And so, lying in front of a cardboard box with the lid leaning at just the right angle so all three of us (dolly, Maddie and I) could see it, we watched The Amazing Race. Then, when the cardboard version of the show was over, the box became a computer, and Maddie taught her dolly how to play games at pbs.org. Before I left the room, the box had transformed into a car, and it was time to drive dolly to her bed. And to think I almost threw that magical box away!
And since we’re on the box theme, did you know that a 4-year-old fits perfectly in the Christmas tree box? And if your little sister climbs in and closes the lid, you can sit on it and she can’t get out.
The best part was that she ENJOYED being inside the box and actually WANTED her sisters to sit on it. I’m not sure what kind of magical thinking was at play in this case, but it didn’t end in tears, which is more than I can say for some of the things her older sisters put her through.
For Christmas, she’s getting a bunch of boxes in various sizes. Who needs more than that when you’ve got magical thinking on your side?