Waking at dawn, with hushed excitement,
and sleepy eyes,
ready to realise our dreams and our hopes,
we lined up our presents
and absorbed the coloured ribbons and paper.
Savouring the thrill of anticipation
we paused, afraid to open them.
Afraid to deflate our imagination.
Scared of reality and disappointment.
Slowly, our little hands picked at the wrappers
as our minds race ahead,
constructing in our hearts the substance from the shape.
How childlike and happy we were
before we unwrapped.