Halley Elise ©2011

You are a small boy, five years old, and you have just stumbled over a large, empty cardboard box in the midst of the living room floor. What is your first thought? Now, imagine you are a young girl, five years old and you have taken it upon yourself to delve into mom’s closet to see what you can find. You get a glimpse of this long, beautiful, pink gown. What is your thought?

As children we saw a cardboard box and it instantly became a choo-choo train; to don mommy’s dress, you became a fairy princess. What else could these things be used for?! In our youth, perceptions of our world were everything and anything imaginable. There were no restrictions or limitations; not until someone informed us of otherwise.
Maturing, we found our familial interactions, societal expectations, religious demeanor and education all played integral parts in our perceptions. These influences were inevitable.

Once fully grown, our allotted perceptions took on vast, superimposed restrictions. Many believe actions and responsibilities must be accounted for, period. Believing this life is concrete and limited. There is no occasion, nor the need to imagine and day-dream; to look beyond what we observe. The box, sadly, became the symbol for all things, in their place. What is so ironic is that all things can not fit neatly into our box.