More people should find the child in themselves

One of the worst things that can happen to a person is that they grow up too quickly. Why should we stop reading fairy tales when become adults? When I first read “The Chronicles of Narnia” in junior high, I was embarrassed because they were children’s books. Now, I’m proud to say they are some of my favorite books by far. People of any age can get just as much from them as children. Each time I read the books I get something different out of them and usually learn a life lesson. C. S. Lewis, the author of “Narnia,” said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” Disney agrees. “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” Disney certainly shows this in many of its animated movies. They tend to hide jokes only adults would get among the more childish story, in movies such as “Ice Age.” I love animated movies because they are pure fun. You just feel good about yourself after watching one. The new movie “Alice in Wonderland” is a great example of a children’s story made for adults. Young children should probably stick to the Disney animated version, as the new Tim Burton one is clearly for an older audience. It does, however, give adults an entertaining world to escape to and something to take away from it. A person who can still enjoy a good fantasy is a person who hasn’t let his or her soul and creativity be sucked from them. Imagination is one of the worst things that can be stolen from you. So if you don’t want to lose your soul to dullness, there are some things you can do. Buy a coloring book and a big pack of crayons and blow off some steam. Trade your monotone breakfast cereal for something with cartoons, multi-colors or chocolate. Read “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Even if you’ve read them before. And watch some animated movies. Watch your favorite Disney classic from when you were a kid. If you had no childhood, my favorites are “The Jungle Book” and “Lion King.” Or for something more recent try “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” or “Happy Feet.”