“Whimsies Way” invokes images of fantasy, fun and, it connotes the idea of a pathway along a road in a world of fantasy. I see a path leading off into the distance with colorful flowers tall and short planted side by side along the path that turn to face whoever decides to follow the trail which zigs and zags off into the distance. Fantasy, it seems can be a place, or it can occur in an instant, perhaps it is alive in everyone’s imagination, whether they know it or not, sometimes it is a shared reality. At other times, fantasy pertains to someone’s own particular imagination, which can be derived from dreams or even just taking pen and crayons to paper, fantasy just exists. It isn’t hard to find it, it just takes some imagination.
As children, we live in a world all to ourselves, speaking baby language that we understand, perhaps it is a rudimentary language, but even so, without all the layers of learning, perhaps babies live in their own fantasy world too. As children learn to speak they may register ideas that are associated with their imaginations. I always heard from my mother that I had a great imagination. What was real to me was not real to my mom, it was a figment of my imagination.
Perhaps the saying “on a whim” is derived from some age-old condition of compulsive congeniality, and, perhaps the original intent for the words meant pursuing the delights of faeries? Faerie stories exist in all countries, and it seems that no one can control the faeries, and that most children are told faerie stories to make them behave in one fashion or another. Why is it that faeries and dragons no longer exist? Are they part of an age old improbable realm that only resides in our imaginations or do they just occupy the pages of favorite children’s stories to keep their oral histories alive? If on a whim you google on your computer “flying dragons over Europe” you will discover that flying dragons did exist in the 16th century, as witnessed by those who documented such things. So where did they go? Are they extinct? Is the entry on the internet a complete fabrication? How do we find out the truth? Perhaps on a whim the dragon story of flying over Europe in the 16th century has a grain of truth in someone’s imagination, as it keeps evolving, much like the whims and stories of faerie realms.
Copyright 2010 Helen W. Holden-Gladsky