Once you understand yourself as a story you are in the process of telling, instead of a fact in a story told by others, you understand that you can change your own story. That is power.
Kids are more sophisticated than adults in that they know things can be both real and not real, and they enjoy inhabiting those liminal places that lose in the black and white of daily life.
But if it isn’t lost to them too early, kids can hold on to a life lived on many levels, that does not altogether follow the calendar and the clock, or the straight line of events. Life has an inside as well as an outside, and the purpose of imaginative books and films for kids isn’t simple escapism but permission to keep the Peter Pan part that never should grow up. This isn’t foolishness, but openness, trust, good-nature, and a willingness to live bravely – as all the fairytales tell us we must."