By Dave Collins
Our five year old grand daughter Ulli lived with us for awhile, and would often invite us into her world by saying “just pretend”. That meant we were to stop whatever we were doing and follow her into a wonderful place.
She would assign us roles to play, “You be the king, and grandma is the queen, and I'm the princess.”
Grandma would stop and make cardboard crowns for us and the princess would put on a special dress, very flowery and fancy. Ulli would describe this special world, carriages were arriving all the time bringing special guest to the great hall for a feast, Unicorn would fly-in, apparently the laws of physics were suspended because she had 'special powers' to make almost anything happen. Occasionally she would grant me special powers, but hers were always more powerful.
It was all great fun, but now she moved away, and we're two old people back in a three dimensional world spending most of our time staring at two dimensional computer monitors. Isolated in a pandemic world not able to be with our kids and grand kids. As the kids say, 'it sucks'.
Still, we have those memories that bring smiles to our faces and warms our hearts of a wonderful time we were so lucky to have with her at that magical age. I just wish she was still here saying, “just pretend”.