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Day 279: Daily Prompt Idea: Fantasies or lies?

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Another daily prompt inspired post. This prompt tells me to talk about the mindless and harmless lies we tell kids (or have been told as kids).

The prompt is as follows: The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus..): A fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?

When I read that prompt idea it took me back to the various things I believed as a kid. I remember burying my first few milk teeth tightly held in my clenched hands in such a way that once I laid it to rest on ground, I immediately pushed in a handful of soil and mud as I did not want the fairies up in the sky to see it. The belief was that, if at all the fairies saw it then I might have to remain toothless here ! Now, I can smile ( not because I have my tooth) at the funny beliefs I carried around as a child.

With stories, sometimes, we believe in fairies.  For instance, the fairy tales of Cinderella getting to ride the pumpkin cart was a great miracle, the shoe maker's helpers was yet another miracle that I always awaited with a lot of hope. Books also taught me that Santa appopppan would surely visit the deserving kids with their favorite toy and many a times I remember wishing that someone left me a teddy bear for christmas even if we did not really celebrate it like the others!

Even though these thoughts were for just a little while, the books and adults who shared these thoughts with us planted a seed called 'fantasy' in our minds. We continue to do that generation after generation. So, how does these harmless lies help? Even though I detest the whole concept of lying and believe that lying is an absolutely bad habit to follow ( I am sure most of us do believe in that integrity of truth), I find that these little harmless fiction helps spread a child's wings of imagination far and wide. It is like reading Harry Potter. Imagine reading the same book as a 10-year old. It surely transports you to secret fantasy world (it did that to me even as I read it later). It makes you believe that one day you will also receive a letter with the coveted admission to that brilliant wizard school.

These may be pointless but imagination is one of the best gifts we can gift our children. The fantasy world helps us take different routes and perceive the world differently. I am sure none of us have ever felt down or let down because we believed in tooth fairy. Yes, children these days learn it much quicker, but we must try and help them paint those wings of imagination to build a new world. Of course, never going overboard with the lies as we surely don't want to raise little liars. 
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