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Wright Words: Want to play in the tree house? There’s an app for that

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

But in today's high-tech world of Facebook, Twitter and text messaging, I fear our children's tree houses have become just another digital destination. They’re just one more application to download and play while waiting for the teacher, the bus driver, the doctor or dinner to appear on the table.

Want to play in the tree house? There’s an app for that.

Don’t you remember the great ideas of your childhood? The amazing inventions, stories or pieces of art weren’t fueled by megabytes — they were ignited by the kinds of dreams that only come when the distractions disappeared.

Now, more than ever, in our turbulent, over-scheduled and technology-driven world, it’s not just our children who need a tree house. Whether it's a few feet off the ground, a quiet place in your office or a chair in your bedroom, everyone deserves to have a place to escape cell phones and televisions and newsfeeds and virtual friend requests.

We deserve a place to feel childlike again, where everything is possible because your parents or teachers said so. It’s a place where you believe you can do great things because God has blessed you with one of the greatest resources of life: your imagination.

If my father reads my columns in heaven, I hope he knows that I finally understand a tree house isn't a thing and it really isn’t even a place. It's a state of mind.

Go find yours.

Jason F. Wright is a New York Times best-selling author of eight books, including "Christmas Jars," "The Wednesday Letters" and the upcoming novel, "The 13th Day of Christmas." He can be reached at feedback@jasonfwright.com or www.jasonfwright.com

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