Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Big Fish

When I was a young child, other children considered me strange.  I had a vivid imagination and would broadcast these stories to anyone who would listen, including my not-so-strange classmates.  I would tell them about my owning castles in England and about other adventures I had made up in my head or dreamt about and then believed they were real and actually happened.

*To this day, there are some stories I still believe happened due to my vivid dreams and imaginations as a child.  I would tell the story to Husband who would verify with my parents to which they would say, these things never happened*

Sometimes stories were real, like seeing the world's first airplane at Kittyhawk or seeing
America's oldest tree (which I still hold against my history teacher for not backing me up when the kids made fun of me during summer story-time, because in fact, my parents had actually taken the family to these places to visit). 

Think of the movie Big Fish.  Things that really happened and became
embellished in my child's mind's eye.

Eventually, my dad bought me a poster as inspiration.  It was a picture of Albert Einstein with the quotation:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

And ever since, I've been able to let the world laugh WITH me and not at me (yes, it took some time and adjusting and it still is a challenge sometimes).  And thus, when  family and friends stand around telling "Jennifer stories."  I don't mind one bit.  I just think that I'm glad I can bring five minutes of joy and laughter to a world that doesn't have enough laughter these days. 

And, so here are some of my favorite Albert Einstein quotes amongst pictures from the movie Big Fish.  If you haven't seen it, I suggest you do.  I guarantee you will find it enlightening and moving.

 Happy Wednesday Y'all!   


  1. This is a gorgeous post! I relate to having a "runaway imagination" that often got me into trouble as a child. I am trying to remember to use my imagination daily now that I'm a grown-up, because I want to be one of those people who gets old but never becomes "an old person" Thanks for opening your heart here on the blog. You are awesome!

  2. Loved that movie!

  3. I've never seen the movie. I am going to check it out on Netflix. Thanks!

    Great post. I completely agree 100% with you and all the fantastic Albert Einstein quotes.

    Hope you have a great Wednesday! May you never stop imagining wonderful things! :)

  4. I LOVED that movie!! So good. Makes me want to watch it again :)

  5. Imagination is key to happiness.
    This is why I choose to go to school everyday with a happy heart and hang out with five and six year olds. They can imagine like no others! (And I get paid to learn from them!)

    Mrs. Kindergarten

  6. I absolutely love this post! I wish more people embraced a sense of imagination!

  7. Big Fish is such a great movie!

  8. Great Post! thanks.. Imagination is what could save he world from our excess of knowledge