Participating in the Sage Thyme Philosophy Group has been a great experience for Sprite so far but it has also caused some problems. She is now suffering from “Realism Envy”! I will explain in a moment.
I was interested to find when I searched for Sage Thyme online that there is a training program for health care workers in the UK called Sage & Thyme
From their homepage
The SAGE & THYME ® model was developed by clinical staff at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) and a patient in 2006. It was designed to train all grades of staff how to listen and respond to patients/clients or carers who are distressed or concerned. It places published research evidence about effective communication skills within a memorable structure for clinical practice.
‘SAGE & THYME’ is a mnemonic which guides healthcare professional/care workers into and out of a conversation with someone who is distressed or concerned. It provides structure to psychological support by encouraging the health worker to hold back with advice and prompting the concerned person to consider their own solutions.
SAGE & THYME is designed for foundation level communication, suitable for any member of staff (e.g. medical secretary, outpatient clerk, nurse, physiotherapist, doctor, social worker, student) and for any specialty. It is suitable to be used with patients and carers, students, colleagues and children – anyone who is distressed or concerned – inside and outside of health and social care.
During the philosophy program Sprite has been thinking about and discussing the nature of existence and reality. It seemed very complex to me and I had to have a quick read of Wikipedia to get some idea of the concepts they were discussing
Existence entry on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existence
Reality entry on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality
Like most gifted children Sprite thinks deeply and asks questions about abstract concepts.She often talks about reality and existence. She does not like anthropomorphism of animals in children’s picture books and wants me to depict her in a realistic manner rather than as a cartoon. She is very concerned about how REAL she is.
Sprite’s appearance has changed over the years; mainly due to variation in the drawing and in the tools I am using to create the images. She does appear to have become more realistic and less cartoon-like. All the images of Sprite are based on a single clip art picture.
Sprite’s age does not change. She has always been the same undisclosed age and she is always depicted as having an injured left ankle and needing to wear different shoes on each foot to illustrate the concept that she needs different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her learning difficulties and differences.
But the main cause of Sprite’s “Realism Envy” is the creation of the Sprite Persona Doll https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/sprite-as-a-persona-doll/
“Is she more real than I am?” Sprite asked. “Do you think she looks more life like than me? How can a doll of a person be more life like than the person?”
“If you drew a doll for me, then the doll would be less real than I am; because it would just be a toy. But if you drew a doll for me it would be in my dimension.
But the Sprite Persona Doll is in your dimension. She is sitting on your couch and cuddling with your Columbus Cheetah and playing with your art and craft materials. And she has nice new shoes from Smartfit and new pink hippo slippers just like mine. And she has Felicity as a friend too”
So really Sprite’s problem was not just “realism envy”. It was also “dimension envy”.
That has always been an issue for Sprite and she has played April Fools Day tricks relating to Interdimensional travel.
One morning when I turned on my computer I found Sprite peering at me from behind the icons on my desktop and pushing on my screen.
“Let me out!” she was saying. “All you have to do is get one of those tiny screwdrivers and lift off the glass and then I can come and visit you in your dimension. I gave up on trying to get you to come here!”