“Imagination is more important than knowledge”, said Einstein. I saw this in action as I watched Mina play imaginary games. The first one started at home as “Mina’s Hair Salon” where she had her hair dyed (pink), cut, washed, and blow dried all in the living room. She also did the same to her mother’s hair, even mine! It was a joy to watch her running around to “get the paint”, “find the scissors”, “use the blow dryer” with strong conviction that made it “life-like”.
Later that evening, we went to “Ayna”, a small restaurant on the island of Cunda (a.k.a. Ali Bey Island). Mina had been acting a story she read back in Utah, Dr. Meow’s Emergency, or something like that. The naughty cat falls from the apple tree while chasing Mr. Bird up the tree. He calls Dr. Meow who scolds him for chasing the bird but sends an ambulance, and so on. Not only did she play this game but captured the imagination of the adults with it. At one point, Ergun actually called Binnaz on her cell phone asking for “Dr. Meow”. Binnaz gave the phone to Mina and the conversation on the phone was truly delightful. At one point Mina said “is that you Ugis (she calls Ergun with that name)” although she was sitting across the table from him all the time. You will see these games in the following photographs, enjoy.