Kingdom of Lost Children

Kingdom of Lost Children

by L. J. Carter

What Children Can Teach Us

I recently read a blog, asking the question, ‘Why do adults like to read children’s books?’ The blog then proceeded to list a number of children’s books and analyse each with a fine tooth comb, until each book had been boxed and neatly filed into their perspective category. And I thought, they’ve missed the point.

On average, children laugh over 300 times a day, while adults manage to laugh a pitiful 10-20 times a day. Why are we so much unhappier than children?

As we grow older, we are told how to think. We seem to be obsessed with boxing things up and locking them away. Certain things are fact, others are fiction (don’t dare dispute it!); we should give up on dreams: this is reality after all; it’s irresponsible to explore: you have responsibilities; we are taught to place the highest value on money and things and status…

If you have ever watched young children, you will notice that they treat each child or person equally. They are fascinated by rainbows and sunlight sparkling on the water. If they are lucky enough to get a bicycle for Christmas, they don’t stare at it and say, ‘I can’t ride that,’ they get on it and no matter how many times they fall off, they keep riding.

Although a shiny, trendy, expensive new gadget that moves and speaks on its own, may have a child intrigued for a moment, it is soon abandoned for something simple; blocks, a doll, a few army men, a simple car, and suddenly they are in another world where ‘impossible’ buildings can be constructed and cars can fly. Why? Because simple things allow you to create, improvise and imagine. Imagination, that is the key.

Adults love to read children’s books because they allow us a glimpse back into a world where magic is real, where we can experience incredible things, dare to imagine a better world, where we believe we CAN instead of can’t, where we don’t see race, religion, disabilities or preconceived notions of what a person should be or shouldn’t be, just another human being we can play and laugh with.

So what can we learn from children? How to be fearless, how to have wonder in the beauty that surrounds us, how to laugh and play, be non-judgemental and believe the impossible. In a word, how to be free.


"The Ark of Fire and Ice," Kingdom of Lost Children: The Book of Ren




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