Grace Notes

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August 9, 2016

A Thank You Note to Pretending

Grace Notes | A Thank You Note to Pretending

Words: Elle Harris
Photo credit: Morgan Sessions


Dearest Pretend,


I’m writing this letter to thank you for never leaving me, even after all this time, after I went ahead and grew up. Even now – you stay. And I love you, because I need you, and to be able to pretend, and you know me like no one else could.


I feel you close by, just a whisper’s distance, even when life gets overwhelming and my Second Star seems quite far away. You are in my periphery always, and I want you to know that I catch a precious glimpse of you each time you come to visit like the treasured company you are.


I get a peek of you when I spot fireflies, sporadic, and twinkling with a light I could swear was lit just for me.


The briefest glimpse of you is everywhere when my daughter dances in the trails of glitter strewn about her fairy garden.


I discover you passing by where the wind picks up, and the leaves crescendo into a symphony only you could have composed.


When my son’s eyes grow hazy and lost in the pages of a book, imagining worlds beyond anything we know, I know you are there.


So much of you reside in the brightest corners of my imagination, where my thoughts itch and tickle to be written upon a page. You are here, beside, and within me.


Whether life is filled to the brim or dry cup empty, flashes of you are all around me.


Like a shadow that stretches behind me, reappearing with the light, I know you will follow me, quiet and unassuming. You are better than a muse because you’re never fickle or fleeting. You stay.


And this, Pretend, is just to say you are as wonderful as you are wonder-filled. So I hope, with all the sparkliest bits of hope I can muster, that you will always find space enough within me, to grow. I promise to keep your window unlocked.


All my once upon a times and dreams come true are yours,

A Grateful Friend


Elle Harris is a believer of impossible things. She is a lover of words, wonder, and the whimsical delights of everyday living. Caught in the creative place between reality and imagination is her favorite place to be. Please join Elle in pursuing life with intention, and grand conversation on her blog Find Elle on Instagram and Twitter @ElleHarris82.

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Comments ( 4 )

  1. Tisa

    April 19, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Lovely, unique words. Thank you for your insight!

  2. Elle Harris

    April 19, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you Tisa! It is such a joy to know that words, when strung together just so, have power. I pray your day glitters.

  3. Deb Schaefer

    April 19, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Absolutely beautiful words – what a poignant reminder of the magic of pretend and nodding yes to our imagination.

  4. Elle Harris

    April 19, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    So glad you appreciate pretend as I do. I love your phrase, “nodding yes to imagination.” What a lovely golden sentence!

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