To the Lovers, the Dreamers, and You
So as some of you may be aware, I am taking care of my friend’s 3 year old daughter until I return back to Denver in the summer. Now, for all you parents out there, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how incredibly hard it is to try and work with a child constantly wanting your attention (which has reminded me why I myself do not have children).
However, there is something to be said about hanging out with a three year old, especially as a writer. For one, I now have first hand experience with a toddler should I introduce small children within anything creative that I write. Second – and here’s probably the best thing – I get to explore stuff that I loved as a kid.
If you’re an 80’s kid – or a fan period – you’ll see that today’s title is in reference to this little song by a frog who left the swamp to find his dreams in Hollywood. The Muppet (as I’ve started calling her) in travesty or travesties had not seen the Muppets, so I felt it my duty to start her on the essentials of life (yes, before you ask, I began early with the original Star Wars trilogy).
There’s something to be said by watching a kid watch the shows and movies that you loved as a kid; watching her excitement when seeing that Kermit is not only on the Muppets, but that of Sesame Street is cool, not to mention her desire to learn the words to the Rainbow Connection (yes, I am teaching her that. She’s very good). It reminds me when things were new and exciting and where it seemed my imagination had no limits and when life as a kid was looking forward to being an adult.
So how does this help the writer who’s working? Inspiration! Song writers can be tasked to come up with a song on the spot (amazing how whenever the Muppet asks for a song, I rack my brain for one when I can usually make up something in a second), while creative writers are tasked to make up the next great story on the fly. Basically, children make you think, which is good!
So, even if you don’t have a kid (or access to one), go back and watch a cartoon or show from your childhood and then ask yourself what it was that you loved it about it. And then…write an article or story about it.