I was just hanging out in Second Life yesterday when Stephanie Bosch messaged me about this gem. This is just a small, very small, sampling of the sim as there is just so much there. It is, simply put, incredible and I will need multiple posts to cover everything that is there. Very well done, creative, and beautiful. The land description reads, “A whimsical fantasy land with scenery inspired by fairy and folk tales of our childhood.” It delivers on that and is very well laid out. With this much content and so many tales to draw from, it creates an exploration that is both joyous as well as nostalgic.
Childhood memories, in most cases, are the most joyous of memories. There are also dark memories that some people care to forget. For most though, childhood memories bring back the wonder of childhood.
Having children of my own, I had the opportunity to relive the wonder from an observer’s view point. Whether it is a trip to DisneyWorld and watching their eyes grow big from the sheer incredibility that is Disney to the observation of them learning the things that we take for granted.
I never ceased to be amazed while watching them obtain the basic skills that we take for granted. How they progressed from crawling to walking, and the amazement that they could manage to stay upright as they tottered back and forth while seemingly stumbling forward.
Listening to them learn how to communicate and speak words they hear daily, even the ones that make you cringe, makes you smile That they can discern that the dog and the ball are two different things each with their own word to identify them.
Teaching them how to ride a bike, how to use a fork, drinking without a sippy cup, and all the other things we just do on a daily basis. Their first encounters with gravity and their ability to get up and attempt the activity again after the initial shocks, and tears, have subsided.
I could go on forever and, when I think about it, I find myself smiling bigger and thinking about my life to this point. It really has been a fairy tale of its own. I have met princesses, kissed a few frogs along the way, and slayed my share of metaphorical dragons. Along the way, I find myself heading towards my happily ever after. Life is truly amazing and, when observing something you helped make experience the joy of living, it becomes that much more incredible. To be able to see first hand what you went through to get to where you are today is truly enlightening. With moments that make you laugh and others that make you cry, it gives new meaning to what it means to live.
We are all in this together, fighting the same fights, sharing the same joys. There may be variances to the challenges that we encounter but everyone has them. That is where fairy tales excel, they touch on the common experiences and are pretty universal. They offer views into life experiences and help shape us into what we eventually become.
As you may have gathered, I enjoyed this sim. I trust you will too and have included the SLURL at the bottom of this post. Be sure and pay it a visit if you have not already. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
To visit this location in Second Life, please click here: Once Upon a FairyTale