Adventure with the Ceiling Fan

So much potential in so many ordinary things

The amazement in all that exists, is captured in the expressions they make every moment they discover and rediscover the world.
The amazement in all that exists, is captured in the expressions they make every moment they discover and rediscover the world. | Source
One of the best things about being around a child is being able to see things a second time, like it was the first time.
One of the best things about being around a child is being able to see things a second time, like it was the first time. | Source

The Brilliance of a Child's Mind


As we grow older, reality isn’t as miraculous as it was when we were children. As children, the impossible seamed possible and ordinary was often incredible. I am reminded of this every time my children see something that I all too often overlook. When they see a rainbow, they want to know if we can go touch it. When they see a deer outside in our front yard they run to the window and shriek in excitement, as if they had never seen a deer before. The logical spin that children put on the most ordinary situations and/or objects somehow makes these things extraordinary.

Having my children has brought me back to life, in the sense that the world is full of beauty, wonder and adventure even on an average day. Because of my children life has become so much more meaningful. I can recall when I was a child looking at something and thinking a world of possibilities lays in front of me and it never mattered what that object was meant to do, but what it could do for me.


I read a hub by Michael Ely called Listening To My Inner Child and it brought back to mind a thousand situations I placed myself in to make the ordinary day to day routine something worth remembering. This hub is dedicated to Michael Ely, a very talented and funny Huber who puts the excitement back into reading and writing for many of his followers and to Abigail and Collin, my extraordinary children who have brought my inner child back to life, making each day a new day to discover a world of possibilities.

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And the adventure began

At an age when ‘Peter Pan’ was my favorite movie and flying was my #1 goal in life, I often found myself in trouble for exploring possibilities and testing the limit of this world.

I think back now and wonder, what the heck was I thinking or how did I come up with that dumb idea. My many brilliant schemes, experiments and plans often resulted in the most unfavorable conclusions. My older sister rarely played with me, she had a tendency to avoided trouble at all cost, and trouble almost always found its way to me.

As I often did, I was sitting alone playing in the bedroom which I shared with my younger brother and sister. Barbie was driving her hot pink corvette and ‘glue head Ken’ (he was my one and only Ken doll, so when his head fell off his body, at the hand of my next door neighbor Mathew, I super glued it back on his body and affectionately named him, ‘Glue Head Ken’ ) was waiting at the office for Barbie to pick him up after work. On the way Barbie found herself in a predicament after hitting a stray ‘My Little Pony running across the road. Barbie must have been driving fast because ‘My Little Pony’ was thrown in the air and across the room. As I watched the toy glide ever so ungracefully threw the air, I caught glimpse of the ceiling fan hanging from the ceiling. Suddenly, nothing else mattered accept the idea that had just popped into my mind, ‘I was going to fly’!

There is so much potential during childhood

It never dawned on me that it may not work or that I could not fly... I wish I had that mind frame now.
It never dawned on me that it may not work or that I could not fly... I wish I had that mind frame now. | Source
Watching a child experience and try new things-can show you a new appreciation for life
Watching a child experience and try new things-can show you a new appreciation for life | Source
The innocence the hold, and the silliness they find in unexpected places
The innocence the hold, and the silliness they find in unexpected places | Source
Childhood is a time for discovery... Parenthood is to discover what you have forgotten while growing up
Childhood is a time for discovery... Parenthood is to discover what you have forgotten while growing up | Source
This is when staring in the mirror had nothing to do with vanity
This is when staring in the mirror had nothing to do with vanity | Source

A test run first?

In my mind, it made perfect sense, Peter Pan had said that if we think ‘happy thoughts’, we can fly, we can fly, we can fly… I had been doing a lot of happy thinking, and it hadn't worked for me yet but with my new idea, I convinced myself I would be able to fly to the moon, or Never Land, that is…But first a test run.

I grabbed hold of my red haired cabbage patch kid, whom I had named Abby (yes, my daughter is named after that doll), and tied two shoe strings together and then around her. I put my Sesame Street table on top of the toy box which was filled with my Lego creations. I hopped onto the bed, carefully climbed onto the toy box and then up and onto the table. I pulled the first string hanging from the fan and suddenly it became dark, I pulled again, and thank God, the lights came back on. My distracted mind was temporarily fascinated by the strings ability to turn on and off the light, so I stood pulling that string turning the overhead lights on and off for 10 minutes before I refocused on my initial purpose…

Oh yes, flying… I reached for the second dangling string and pulled it twice. I watched the fan blades slowly come to a complete halt. PERFECT! I tied the shoelace to the fan and gently let go of Abby. I kissed her cheek and wished her luck before I once again pulled the string and turn the fan back on. The ceiling fan picked up speed quickly, and at my young age I had not planned ahead well enough to prepare a maneuver to quickly get out of the way of my flying doll. Abby came towards me at full throttle, knocking me off the table and onto the bed. She must have made 100 full circles around that room before the shoestring came loose and launched her across the room knocking the mini blinds off the window.

After the crash, I stood still and in silence staring at the door to my room, waiting for my mother to come up yelling and screaming, “What did you do now”?But she didn't.

I was thrilled with the results… To me, Abby being launched across the room was close enough to flying to encourage my next decision. 

I ran across the room, first slipping on the pink corvette that Barbie was still in; probably regaining her cool after hitting that crazed ‘My Little Pony’. I pushed the car from my path and picked up Abby to ensure she was alright. I looked around the room for the shoe strings for about 10 minutes before locating them under the mini blinds. I tried to tie the shoe strings around me, but I was not able to get the knot out. Rather than sit attempting to unknot the laces, I found the next best thing, my older sister’s jump rope. PERFECT! It was a perfect fit around my torso! I climbed back on the bed, onto the Lego filled toy box and up onto my Sesame Street Table with the jump rope ends tailing behind me. I turned off the ceiling fan once again before I tied the ends of the rope to the fan. With a quick glance at Abby, I began to think of nothing but candy, summer, toys and grandma. Without hesitation I closed my eyes, turned on the ceiling fan and threw myself into the open air in a ‘Swan Dive’ like move.

I didn’t quite fly that day; in fact, my swan dive moment was followed by the entire ceiling fan (and part of the ceiling), plummeting to the ground as I made my way to the floor. Unfortunately, my mother did hear that second crash and in return I received a punishment of no TV and no Nintendo for a month. My father repaired the ceiling, but replaced the fan with a single light fixture. My adventure that day kept my parents from allowing me to have another ceiling fan in my room. It was not until I was 16 years old that I would be trusted enough to resist my temptations to fly threw the air.

Find a little time to...

Although I fell rather than flew, I will never forget that adventure, and the way it felt to be a child in a world which was free of limitations. As a child, gravity, physics and all things of that nature, didn’t exist yet. What existed was gold at the end of the rainbow and staying up all night trying to catch the tooth fairy. As a child monsters hid under the bed, and I worried about Humpty Dumpty falling off of that wall. When I was a child that was my world, and it was magical. Now that I am grown and with two children of my own, I have been given some of that magical happiness back by having the opportunity to see the world through their eyes.

Don’t be in a rush for your kids to grow up, or to be more grown up than you already are. The world has so much serious issues to deal and cope with, we must encourage our children to enjoy the reality of the dream, before they are shown too much of the reality of this world.

Keeping our inner child alive and encouraging our children to have adventure, allowing them to be children is what hopes and dreams are truly made of… So for all the so called ‘Adults’ out there, I hope you still find time to chase fireflies and wish on shooting stars, and maybe find a way to fly…

Life is constantly changing, but we must hold onto what is important as we grow

As I watch them grow and develop, I learn more about life, love and what true happiness is all about. I wish they could always have the excitement they show when they see a bee or a cool rock- perhaps they can. Perhaps we can all show our inner child
As I watch them grow and develop, I learn more about life, love and what true happiness is all about. I wish they could always have the excitement they show when they see a bee or a cool rock- perhaps they can. Perhaps we can all show our inner child | Source

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instantlyfamily 5 years ago

I really enjoyed this read! You have given some great advice, here. Thank you so much for sharing.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

instantlyfamily-

Thank you for the comment, I am glad you enjoyed reading this one and found it concrete as far as advice is concerned. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Hi H.C Porter, Wow. Great stuff. I couldn't believe it when i saw the title of your new hub. I was hoping you would write about this incident that you mentioned in your comments but it was brilliant to see it written so quickly. I am very flattered that you mention me and my writing in your own hub and it means a great deal to me coming from a quality writer like yourself!

The Hub itself, i think is really good and i was laughing out loud at the whole ceiling fan incident. I really like when you're talking about a childs mind and saying that you wish you had that mind frame now. That would certainly make things more alive and enjoyable.

Also H.C, i would like to thank you for following me and for the great comment and i would be only too glad if you were to stalk me and read more of my hubs as i will continue to do with yours.

Take care. Michael.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

michael ely,

Thanks, and you are very welcome! I enjoy reading the humor in your hubs, and when you said I should write on my incident, I figured I would give it a shot and see where it ended up.

Of course I will continue to read your writing as well...and I too appreciate each of the comments you have taken time to write in regards to my hubs...

Thanks again for reading, and I a glad you noticed the title :)


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Beautiful & thumbs up. Children can teach adults very important lessons if we simply let them. Thank you for the reminder & great advice. Much encouragement to you.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Not only is your advice sound and wise, but it is written so extremely well! Beautiful hub, HC, and a pleasure to read, as always.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub and thank you so much for sharing it plus those pictures of the two cuties.

The saying 'Out of the mouths of babes' is indeed so fitting.

take care

Eiddwen.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

HC,

this is notwhat I thought about a slightly different more adult type of fan story- but it was very cute none the less.

TH

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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Ken R. Abell

Thank you sir for reading and commenting, I am so glad that you liked this


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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

Brilliantly beautiful, and sounded like quite the adventure. I myself was more into making wings that, well, always failed and my flying days ended with a trip to the ER with a fractured wrist and thumb. Good fun, and good memories. A lot of fun to read, thanks for the story.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Genna East

Thanks for the compliment and for taking the time to read and comment. I am glad you enjoyed this one... I think we all can learn a little something about life from children- they are far more logical than we are as adults :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Eiddwen-

Thank you Ma'am... I love that saying, and I agree...So very true :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

tom hellert

lol, sorry for the content not matching the title (at least not in such an Adult Content sort of manner. :) Thanks for reading anyways and for the comment :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Jeremey

I could of used you back then, perhaps I wouldn't have turned towards the ceiling fan in my attempts to fly :) Thanks for the comment and for reading, I appreciate the feedback


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Holly, it's always a pleasure to learn more about you and the person you continue to find out that you are. Children always add value and meaning to one's life, and provides you a unique perspective. This hub reminded me of being a child, which I've not lost on the inside, because from time to time, I return to my childish behavior, just to ease the stress of being an adult. Thank you kindly for sharing. :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Cagsil

I think a return to childhood every now and again would do many people much good :) Thanks Cagsil for commenting and for following and reading my work...I appreciate your insight :)


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youmeget 5 years ago

Hi, I enjoyed the message.

Very good hub.

youmeget


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thedutchman 5 years ago

It is fun reading this article. Good job.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

youmeget

thank you, for commenting on yet another hub. I am happy to have you read some of my work :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

thedutchman

thank you for reading and for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed the read :)


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katrinasui 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading this hub. Well done my friend:)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

katrinasui,

thank you miss for the comment, I am glad you enjoyed the story, I remember enjoying the adventure :)


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

truthfornow

No Problem! Thanks for reading- I am glad you enjoyed it :)


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Plarson 5 years ago from Alabama

H.C.Porter- Absolute "Gold Star" worthy hub!! The story was fantastic, and who could resist the pics of your "Little Angels"? The other day when I was feeling down, and couldn't seem to shake it, I simply rolled my wheelchair out the front door onto the driveway and just sat for a good 15-20 mins and let the crashing thunder ,brillant lighting, and cascading sheets of rain occupy my thoughts and wonder meant till I felt "renewed". It amazed me afterwards when I realized it was such a childish thing to do, but man it helped me handle having to be all "growed" up. lol -Paul


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Plarson- lol, thanks for the comment...we all need to regress back to childhood every so often...it helps with the stress of being an adult. I think in doing so we also are more equipped to make smart choices and to enjoy life... when we are children the worlds simplicity make the world so much more beautiful than we take time to notice as adults.

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