There are invisible dragons that live in our backyard.
And while you may not see them upon first glance, they are certainly there, at least in the imagination of one 4 year-old boy.
Sometimes I am lucky enough to be invited into that world.
Excited whispers about which dragons may be ahead…
The black one rustling in the corn stalks is nice.
There are sea dragons beneath the water in the pond.
Whoosh! His sword cuts through them easily as he defends me from one that has crept upon the shore.
To some we may look a little strange, carrying our shields and swords and fighting foes no one else can see.
But there is serious work going on through our imaginative play.
He is developing creativity, language skills, problem solving… He is taking the lead and directing our play; we are bonding over our adventure.
I pray he continues to let me into his world as he grows up.