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サンタクロースを信じる大人

クリスマスである。

相手がいる人にとっては天国
相手がいない人にとっては地獄
というなんとも皮肉な日である。

しかし、その緑で赤でなんともあったかいシャンシャンした感じは
子供の頃のあのワクワク感を思い出さずにはいられない。
朝起きたときにプレゼントを枕元に発見したときのあの喜び。
あの気持ちを忘れることはないだろう。

ふと1人寂しくクリスマスについて調べていると
涙を誘う文章と出会った。

サンタクロースっているの?と8才の少女に対する
新聞記者の返答である。参考

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バージニア、あなたの友だちは
「サンタクロースなんているもんか」
といってるそうですが、その子はまちがっています。

このごろは、なんてもかんでも「そんなのはうそだ」と疑ってかかる人が
多いけど、その子もそんな疑りやさんなのでしょう。
そういう子は、目に見えるものしか信じようとしないし、
自分の頭で考えても理解できないものは、「あるもんか」と思ってしまうのです。
しかし、自分の頭で考えられることなど、おとなだってこどもだって、
そんなに多くないのですよ。

(中略)

そう、バージニア、サンタクロースはいるのです。

サンタクロースがいる、というのは、
この世の中に愛や、やさしさや、思いやりがあるのと同じくらい、たしかなものです。
わたしたちのまわりのある愛や思いやりは、
あなたの生活を美しく楽しいものにしているでしょう?

もし、サンタクロースがいなかったとしたら、
この世の中はどんなにつまらないことでしょう!
サンタクロースがいないなんて、バージニアみたいな子どもがいない、
というのと同じくらいさびしいことだと思いますよ。

サンタクロースがいなかったら、
すなおに信じる心も、詩も、夢のような物語もなく、
人生はちっとも楽しくないでしょう。
わたしたちが、喜びを感じるのも、
目で見たりさわったり聞いたりできるものだけになってしまいます。
そして、子どもたちが世界中にともした永遠の光も、消えてしまうことでしょう。

(中略)

サンタクロースを見た人は、だれもいません。
でも、だからといって、サンタクロースがいない、といえるでしょうか。
この世の中でいちばんたしかでほんとうのもの、
それはおとなの目にも、子どもの目にも見えないのです。

(中略)

目に見えない世界は、一枚のカーテンでおおわれていて、
どんな力持ちでも、力持ちが何十人集まっても、
そのカーテンを引きさくことはできません。
そのカーテンを開けることができるのは、
信じること、想像力、詩、愛、夢見る気持ちだけなのです。
そういう心さえあれば、カーテンのむこうにひろがる、
美しく、きらきらした輝かしい世界を見ることができるのです。

そんな世界は幻ではないかって?
バージニア、カーテンのむこうのそんな世界こそが、
ほんとうであり永遠なのです。

サンタクロースがいないだなんて!
うれしいことに、サンタクロースはちゃんといるし、
これからもずっと生きつづけるでしょう。
今から一千年たっても、いえ、その百倍の月日が流れても、
サンタクロースは子どもたちの心の喜びとして、
ずっとずっと、生きつづけることでしょう。
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実は知る人ぞ知る有名な話らしいのだが、
自分は知らなかった。

正直感動してしまった。

ここで自分が思い出したのは「ネバーランド」の映画である。
前のブログでも書いたが、
今年見た映画でもかなり印象に残ったすばらしい映画である。

この映画を一言でいうならば

just believe

日本語に訳すまでもないだろう。
ピーターパンの生みの親であるジェームズ・バリ。
その純粋な心。
見えないモノをイメージする好奇心。
そして、それを信じる心。

それは子供がサンタクロースからのプレゼントをワクワクしながら
寝床につく気持ちとなんら変わりない。


子供のころは、目に見えないものを怖がったり、
ワクワクしたりしていたのに、
いつのまにか自分の心が感じるものよりも、
目に見えることだけを大事にするようになってしまった。

自分の心を疑って生きている子供がいるだろうか。


だから
自分の気持ちを信じて、自分の心を信じて
子供みたいな気持ちで生きていれば

そうしたらきっと
見えないサンタから、大きな贈り物があると

そう信じて生きていたい

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この話、しっています。
私も知った時には
思わず感動してしまいました。。

見えないサンタさんからの贈り物。
私もいつも待っています。

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