Once upon a time there was a little girl with a big imagination.

Sometimes she would imagine small things.

She imagined that spoons had wings, she imagined they could pick up food and deliver it straight to your mouth.

But when she told her Dad about this idea, he replied:

Don’t be so silly, spoons don’t have wings.

Sometimes she would imagine medium things

She imagined that in school, every classroom led to a new country, she imagined having a Maths lesson in China and Art class in the Middle East.

But when she told her teacher about this idea, she replied:

Don’t be so silly, a classroom is just a classroom.

Sometimes she would imagine big things, she imagined that scientists found a way to move the world around the universe, so the sky would change colour every day and be filled with new planets and different stars every night.

But when she told her friends about this idea, they replied:

Don’t be so silly, the sky will always be blue.

Sometimes her imagination was so fantastic that as she walked around her village, she imagined that birds filled the skies and sang wonderful songs, and that the clouds were dancing along. She imagined that everyone would come out of their houses and join in the fun.

But she never told anyone.

When she imagined these now, things her own mind replied:

Don’t be so silly

Every day the little girl’s imagination got smaller.

And slowly her mind stopped thinking fantastic thoughts, and her world started to change.

The sky was only ever blue

Classrooms were only classrooms

And spoons  certainly never, ever had wings.

The little girl grew up and got used to this new world.

And it looked the same as everyone else’s.

Until

One Day

When her imagination had almost disappeared

She saw some words written in chalk on the pavement

That said;

What colour is the sky?

When she thought about it she replied:

Don’t be so silly, the sky will always be blue

But the question stayed in her mind, and her imagination started, very slowly, to grow.

The question stayed in her mind all day and wouldn’t let her relax

And as the sun started to set, she looked at the sky

And it wasn’t blue at all

It was orange and red and pink and purple and gold.

When she saw the sky, her imagination grew a little bit more.

And the question stayed in her mind all night and wouldn’t let her sleep.

And as the sun started to rise, the birds started to sing

When she heard the birds, her imagination grew a little bit more.

Then, suddenly her imagination was on fire

She imagined

far off countries

and new discoveries

and stars

and planets

and songs

and people

and animals

and adventures

But instead of telling people

She wrote it all down in a book

And when people read the book they imagined:

far off countries

and new discoveries

and stars

and planets

and people

and animals

and adventures

And everyone said:

How Fantastic!

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