When you read, do you become enchanted by the way an author shares and wraps around words. Do you get pulled down the rabbit hole by the words and start to imagine and dream?
The following quote from The Velveteen Rabbit did just that for me.
The word for today is REAL.
definition: "actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed."
Did a bird really lay those eggs there, are they real?
I am imagining what it would be like to imagine and it becomes real. As a young girl I had quite the imagination and dreamt my dolls could talk to me. I dreamt that the fairies and gnomes in the woods could dance with me. I think even today I love to dream of magic, thus the title is Word Magic. Words are like magic and create fantasies and dreams to become real. Real seems to discourage fantasy and the abstract.
When writing this I began thinking about realism art; so another rabbit hole I went down. "Realism in the arts is generally the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding speculative and supernatural elements. The term is often used interchangeably with naturalism, although these terms are not synonymous." Wikipedia
This piece of art could be considered real, but doesn't it feel a bit whimsical?
Have you ever heard someone say "get real"? What does that mean? Maybe sometime I wouldn't want someone to "get real" because it might mean something uncomfortable.
The more I think on this word I am torn. I love a good fantasy, but I want people to be real with me too.
What do you think of when you hear the word REAL?