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Could You Still Believe a Bubble Gum Bubble Could Take You Into Space?

Updated on February 19, 2014
By Beatrice Murch (blmurch)
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This is going to be one of those articles. So I ask that you bear with me. Could you, personally, believe, a bubblegum bubble, if big enough, could take you into space? Imagine a young boy watches a space shuttle take off on television and understands it sends people into space. He finds out they get to explore space, they get to see Earth from a different point of view and might even see things in space no one on Earth has ever seen.

Now, the boy walks outside one day and finds a package of gum on the ground. The gum advertises, "Warning: If you chew this whole pack of gum you will go into space!" The boy, who loves the idea of space, immediately eats all of the gum.

He blows a huge bubble with the game and finds himself in space. He is now able to explore space, gets to see Earth from a different view and gets to see things in space no one gets to see on Earth.

But first:

1) When did you first have your imagination tested by reality?

2) What do you do to maintain your imagination?

Please comment below.

I wrote the story above, I wrote this article, because I had serious concerns about my imagination. I felt it was going and, in some sense, it is gone. It will never be the same innocent, naïve and simple imagination it once had been.

Sometimes, there is that glimmer of imagination that allows you to consider things that are just so obtuse and absurd. Is there a man in the moon? Is the moon made of cheese? Do creatures live in the center of the Earth? Can big bubble gum bubbles take you into space? These are not things everyone thinks about but I do at times.

I consider it as an exercise. I like to visualize a tale from start to finish that entertains me, personally. Only recently, I found myself distancing myself from my imagination. It should go without saying if you can imagine certain things, for yourself, you should also be able to accept others' imaginary ideas.


It was a Sunday. I went to look at television before I did my morning exercises. I had seen a commercial. The movie trailer was a about a snail that drifts into a car and falls into nitrous oxide in the car.The nitrous oxide makes the sluggish snail speedy.

In the snail's imagination, he would like to become the greatest racer in the world. Now, with his new ability, and the approach of the race, the Indianapolis 500, he could see it come to fruition. I would laugh at this commercial.

I would say this could not really happen. I went to do my exercises.

But, I knew at that very moment my imagination was leaving.Yes, Turbo is a kid's film. It cannot happen in reality. That is not what was bothering me.

I found I could not expand my own imagination, not like before. There was a time when it was possible that I could find something on the ground, hear a story, read a story or even imagine a situation and could make it into another story or a story extension, if it did interest me.

Turbo seems like an interesting movie. At one point, I might have been able to see the movie's main character and imagine the places he would go or the situations he would get into. Now, I believe that ability to expand my imagination is gone.

Truly Gone? No.

I knew it was just a children's film. It bothers me though that your imagination from your past does not accompany you, as a whole, into the future. The past imagination allows you to dream. The past imagination allows you to prosper. The past imagination can give you nostalgic moments.

As you get older, the past imagination diminishes, at least in my opinion, and you take on new ideas and thoughts that influence different ways of thinking. Every so often, you can get a glimmer of your own past thinking by taking in something you read, see or hear.

A Balloon and A Guardian

There is a book, and a movie, The Red Balloon, by Albert Lamorisse. I believe it was about this young boy who would befriend a lively red balloon. They would have great adventures, together, in Paris, France.

I find when I do see this movie, or read this book, I am able to recover a small portion of my past imagination. The idea that a red balloon is alive and reacts to life was interesting, and still remains so.

M. Night Shyamalan would create a movie, Lady in the Water. I believe the movie is about a skeptical person that has to come to accept a mermaid presents him with a quest, in the modern world, and he has to accept the quest to get the mermaid back to her home. This movie gave me hope and got my imagination going.

It was imaginative because it has a mermaid in it. It was imaginative because it deals with a modern day quest. Somehow, I would see this movie and feel my past imagination come forward a little bit more.

In The End

My past imagination may not in fact be gone. It may just need coaxing. It saddens that sometimes I look back at books like In The Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak, or Where the Wild Things Are, also by Maurice Sendak but find their nostalgic influence does not come to me. I just find I must get the influence from somewhere else.

I hope you are able to reflect on your past imagination,clearly. Go see Turbo, or a movie, book or recording like it, and see if it moves you and gets your imagination going. I will tell you Turbo does actually remind me of this Hot Wheels toy car I once had. The car's wheels would turn bright green in a dark room.

I would imagine the Hot Wheels car was this ghost car. It could take on any other Hot Wheels vehicle, at night, speeding past them and leaving them in the dust because it fly over any chasm or gap in the road. Past imagination.


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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Thank you for the support billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting hub and it had me thinking, which means it is a good hub. :) I think our imaginations change in time but don't disappear. My imagination is quite active as a writer; I see things daily that have me imagining different scenarios and how it would turn into a story....

      Anyway, thanks for the thought-provoking hub.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Thank you always epigramman.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well it starts with imagination , a man's dream and ends up as a blueprint and finally a realization with great visionary writing like this - I would love to read more of your creative writing as your wonderous article here was very inspiring. I will post and link your words and provoking thoughts to my FB page with warm wishes from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 10:10am

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Thank you rose.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      What a wonderful article! I wish we all maintained our childhood imagination into adulthood. I think it would make life a whole lot more interesting. I think this may inspire people to search for that imagination again. Thank you for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Thank you always Cantuhearmescream.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York


      I just absolutely love this hub! This made me fall right into all the memories of my colorful childhood imaginations. I remember wanting to fly, thinking maybe I could fly... thinking maybe balloons could carry me away. I had a dream, where I actually could fly and woke up wondering if I should try it. This is more than that though, this is about having a healthy imagination and embracing it. If not for a vivid imagination, I would've had a much less eventful childhood! I don't think it matters how old we are, a healthy imagination is something that's great to have... don't you think any and all kinds of artists need to have some version of a big imagination? I say... embrace that imagination and let it flow... share it with the world. We all need a break from reality sometimes! Besides... sometimes, those things we imagine... we can make true!

      Up and more... sharing too!