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Updated on July 5, 2012

Imagination Plus Love!

Flying Aces of Maine
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Imagination Goes A Long Way

My wife and I were sitting in one of our favorite places; a coffee shop. This one, in Brunswick, Maine and we were tickled when we were joined for our morning caffeine fix! The two young men in the photo came into our view and we became a little concerned, at first, as we did not immediately see their parents. That concern began to draw our attention to them and to their garb. We thought it a bit odd that they were wearing unseasonably warm attire for summer. This was summer in Maine, after all, and though it is quite a bit cooler than most of the rest of our nation at this time of year, it is hardly hat and glove weather.

What began as concern quickly manifested into laughter as we finally determined that what they were wearing was a costume of sorts for characters they seemed to be portraying. Curiously and lovingly we began to investigate their humorously unseasonal appearance. It wasn't just the hat and gloves, as you can see, there is a set of goggles for both boys. We were guessing what this clothing represented by quizzically asking them whom they portrayed. We guessed construction workers, but why the hats? We guessed welders and scuba divers, but why the gloves? Every notion fell short and just didn't seem to fit.

That's when Dad appeared and kindly shared with us that they were pilots! Pilots? Yeah, you know, Flying Aces of WWII. Ohhhhh! We get it! Even more laughter surrounded us when others noticed the lightheartedness, especially when their father explained that the two boys regularly partake in imaginative costuming to learn about people, places and things! Oh My Gosh, my wife and I thought! We listened to how they also feigned SCUBA divers on the living room floor and other ingeniously creative techniques for teaching, experiencing and learning and loving two very energetic boys.

All too soon a whole shop full of people were captivated by the storytelling and the visuals of the front and center WWII Flying Aces. It was no coincidence either that their inquisitive nature led them to the children's book section of the shop. They smiled, laughed and played without any electronic devices and were as polite and well mannered as could be. They were having fun, too! Not to mention providing such poetic entertainment for all of us sipping our morning Java!

We couldn't help but positively reinforce their behavior and comment to their father who was equally delightful and open to detailing his love for his kids! Wow! And I do mean, Wow! It was so breathtaking to be a part of...really! I'll never forget it! Nor will I ever forget their dad telling us they rarely watch TV as they seem to have so much more fun using their imaginations to lead them to discovery of life!!! Dad mentioned it wasn't without work, but oh, so worth it!

If we're open and inquisitive and loving and kind, we can learn a lot in coffee houses, now can't we? If we're really lucky and we keep our minds and hearts unfettered, maybe this type of coffee shop and parental activity will catch on, eh? I hope so!

Albert Einstein on imagination.

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

This video is not an endorsement, simply an example of how to encourage imagination.

A Rhetorical Question?

How Are You Encouraging Your Children's Use Of Imagination?

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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you bdegiulio!

      They're no Great Horned Owls, but they might become one somewhere out in the future. Each of us has a child within and we can encourage growth at any time, create flight, build new habitats and change our desires all within a whim! How cool is that!

      Thanks for the read and comment and I absolutely adore your work!


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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Amazing where the mind of a child will take us when they are not glued to a TV. We could all ;earn a thing or two from these WWII aces. Gerat job Bruce. Voting Up and sharing.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Yaazhini!

      I am grateful you took the time to read my hub and I appreciate and agree with your sentiments. Perhaps a little balance will go a long way. We can always be hopeful.

      Peace be with you!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thanks Epi!

      Your so kind! I just like what I do, I like the folks here and I have learned how to live a contented, yet awe inspired life.

      Very grateful for your encouragement.

      Thank you!

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      6 years ago from Chennai

      Great hub and an eye opener for those tied to television sets. I really feel sad when I see children and in most families elders alike sit in front of the television channels. They seem to communicate more with the TV sets rather than with the family. These are the times I feel that any technological advancement pushes back humanitarian concerns.

    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago all you have to do is wean them off video games, the computer itself and cellphones - lol lol - great writing here because you speak from your heart and your mind and you provide much food for thought and insight (even to a single guy like me) .....maybe you should start your own blog (if you have not already done so) because you have a wonderful individualistic way of expressing yourself - which is hard for a lot of writers to do - but for you it seems just natural - lake erie time ontario canada 12:59am

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      The Mom 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for writing this. Our boys are amazing and creative, sweet and crazy, genuine and nuts, all at the same time. Maybe if more people will realize the necessity and benefits of unstructured play, then more kids will spend less time being shuttled to this activity and that activity and spend more time just playing! Thank you for appreciating your time with our boys and thank you again for writing this piece.


      The Pilots' Mom

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hey Paula!

      I really wish my whole Hubpages family could have been in that coffee shop to experience the authenticity displayed by parent and children. It simply made my heart melt!

      Thanks for reading, commenting and being exactly who you are!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Borntocare....What a wonderful experience for you and your wife to encounter ,by chance. I would have been as interested and amused as you were!

      These parents are to be refreshing to find that parents are putting not only time and love into parenting, but a huge dash of imgaination. Their kids are responding positively and just think of the valuable lessons they are learning.

      Would love to see this "catch on" with young parents!! UP +++

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Faceless39!

      Oh I like hearing that life is for living! How did we forget that? What supplanted the art of living in our minds? In the old days if you were convicted of a heinous crime the king would say "off with your head." An equal punishment today would be "off the couch with you."

      Thanks for reading, voting and commenting!

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      Kate P 

      6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      TV is an imagination killer for sure. We are born to imagine, create, and dream. Reading books is a gateway to anywhere in the world or out of it, present, past, or future.

      Technology has a place in the world, but let's not forget that life is for living; not for spending sitting on a couch watching the tube!

      Rated up, useful, and interesting.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      @ Swetankraj

      I agree! Isn't it a paradox though, that some of the most imaginative, creative minds on the face of this planet are those who produce TV and Movies?

      Thanks for being who you are and doing what you do! This is a fabulously creative community in and of itself!!!

      @ Recently Awakened

      What a wonderful Moniker! I know your children are benefiting from your consciousness. This then begets their consciousness. What a great way to pass on a blessing!

      It isn't the stuff, but the encouragement of another human, with love, that always passes on the goodness!!!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      @ Pamela Kinnaird W

      Since I am a follower of yours I know you have expertise in this area. I therefore really appreciate your comments and I'm gratified to know there are people in our world who are demonstrating what they are teaching, to their own children and others! Thank you for being!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      @ christryon

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! I thought it was entertaining too! Thanks for the fan mail comment too, I greatly appreciate it!

      @ EyesStraightAhead

      What an amazing comment! Thank you for reading and for parenting in this manner! And if it isn't too much to ask, tell your daughter to say Hi to "Nessie" for me!

      And please...spread the word!!!

      @ tlmcgaa70

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. I envy you in a way. My brothers were 10 and 13 years older than me so I didn't have any built in playmates to develop my imagination.

      Today, I'm still in the development phase and loving it! I do not have children either, so I take every chance to encourage others who do to know the value of creating this environment!

      Thanks again!

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Those are lucky boys. I'm happy for them. We have a television but have only had it hooked up for playing the occasional DVD such as Road to Avonlea -- for some six or seven years now. I love to hear my grandchildren using their imagination. It really is key to their development.

      Great hub. Voting up and sharing.

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      Recently Awakened 

      6 years ago

      What a great hub! It is true that today's children have strayed so far from any kind of use of imagination now that all of their toys think for them. My children are extremely limited as to how much TV time they have and it is only placed in our play room. By no means are they allowed to have TV's in their bedrooms!

      P.S. I really like your poll!!!

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      Swetank Raj 

      6 years ago from India

      I love Imagination. It really builds and develops the power of creativity. Reading books builds imagination power whereas watching TV or things which are already created kills creativity. I really like to read the book rather than watching them in movies (eg: Twilight Saga and others) Kids are very cute! Lovely Hub Voted up!

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      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      terrific hub. when i was a child, my youngest sister and i played in a world created by oursleves. i remember when our parents bought a new bed, the old one became our raft in the middle of the ocean, and if we fell off we had just so much time to get back on before the sharks got us. that is until we watched the pirahna movie, then instead of sharks, we were surrounded by pirahna. we loved to shadow box. we went to an all indian school and were ostracized because we were white, so we played together and tied our jackets into a ball shape and played ball by ourselves. i grew up with a very vivd imagination, and i was a super avid reader, which i think helped a lot. to this day i make night movies, where i go on all kinds of adventures before i ever go to sleep, and sometimes those4 adventures are so exciting i have difficulty relaxing to sleep. if i had human children i would most definitely encourage both reading and using their imagination. voted up and across and shared.

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      Shell Vera 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Imagination is king. In a world with so much technology that we have often forget how to disconnect, we forget that actors are acting! We allow others to use their imaginations without fully using our own. I am a huge fan of ensuring my daughter flies through the house like an airplane, rows her boat (laundry basket to the naked eye) over dangerous seas, and defeats the best of opponents in any game. I enjoy making forts with her, running through the woods looking for the little people who live inside trees, and searching under rocks for the "Lock Mess Monster" (her words!). We are only young once, but we can have our imaginations forever. Great hub!

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      6 years ago

      Very entertaining! I think those boys parents could teach the world a thing or two about the proper way to entertain children without the use of electronic gadgetry.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thanks Bill!

      Great to hear from the king of imagination!!! Oh, and BTW, I do own a TV but they don't make the tubes for it anymore so I'm using it as a decorative planter!!! (Chuckle)

      Take care my friend and thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Imagination? Sadly a lost art in today's world! I endorse this hub completely. I don't even own a television....haven't for six years now...and I'm never bored. Great hub buddy!


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