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Why is the airplane erasing the sky?

“Why is the airplane erasing the sky?” she said.
I had no idea what my 6 year old daughter is talking about. It took me a little while to get in synch with her thoughts.
My thoughts were busy knocking on the doors of possible tomorrows, looping through never-ending list of things that are waiting to be done during the day. Her question made me aware. Aware of her little hand, of her great wisdom, of beautiful possibilities that are here and now… if we look carefully.
“What do you mean, airplane is erasing the sky?” I asked her.
I felt like talking to Little Prince, feeling a bit ashamed being in the role of an adult who doesn’t get it!
“Look.” She answered simply.
Yes, that’s all it takes.
Just look. It clicked in my mind.
A blue, bright blue sky has been clearly erased by the airplane, leaving behind the white trace, as if all we can see now is the paper on which the drawing has been made.
I felt suddenly so much joy.
As if: her question erased that boring never-ending task list;
As if: all the doors of tomorrows are now wide open for us, if we decide to go through them;
As if: nothing else really matters but to look at this drawing around us from different perspectives and hold hands.
Once again I have realized that I need so much to learn from my child. I just simply forgot to look.
Many years later I met somebody who is an adult but never forgot to look. She became my friend instantly, my inspiration and support. I never met anybody who can look and see so much, who gives so generously and makes everything more interesting.This is her painting of the airplane erasing the sky and her imaginative vision.
This is a true story.


Ghede – Zoe

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zoe jordan, childhood, imagination, parenthood, friends

Born in spring, my name means Spring. I love poetry in all its forms.

The word “poetry” derives from the Latin feminine noun poetria, meaning not “poetry” but “poetess”.

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

    oh yes. you just described what I am: just look and learn from my children. they are so much smarter than I am and I am so blessed they accept me in their life…
    inspirational, at the very least…
    my best, francis.

  • Hi Francis:)
    Thank you:)
    So nice to meet you here, I just went on your profile page, I love all the quotes:)
    This one : “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun” is really great:))
    I’m planning to check out your photogrpahs.

    – Vesna *

  • Prasad
    Prasadabout 4 years ago

    Very inspirational, Vesna

  • Thank you so much Prasad:)

    – Vesna *

  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteabout 4 years ago

    you have brilliant children, it must be because you are brilliant :D
    i love this story so much…it has a special place for me ;)

  • you are so sweet Zoe
    This story is very special for me too and it is our bond for forever :)

    – Vesna *

  • maremarie
    maremarieabout 4 years ago

    It so makes sense – a partly erased sky! Wonderful story, and you put it into wonderful words :-)

  • it does make sense:)
    Thank you,
    I am glad you like it Marie:))

    – Vesna *

  • S .
    S .about 4 years ago

    they always ask the best questions eh ? remember having that unlimited imagination
    great write … .love this

  • thanks Shoaib:)

    – Vesna *

  • Hathor
    Hathorabout 4 years ago

    nothing better on earth than they reminding us to breathe. I have books filled with tales just like this; bless them!

  • bless them, indeed
    thanks sunshine

    – Vesna *

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadabout 4 years ago

    We can always see “anew” if you allow yourself to look from where another is standing. I liked the music on your front page…

  • Thank you Mark, I am glad to see you.
    I was hoping somebody may notice and like the music:)

    – Vesna *

  • birgitt
    birgittalmost 4 years ago

    I look at this so sensitive, sensible girl… I see you both

  • birgitt, we hug you both, this piece of writing and art is very close to my heart
    merci beaucoup

    – Vesna *

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