Family Fun Days...
As a kid, I remember my brother and I impatiently waiting for my dad to come home from work so we could go to the back yard and throw the football, play soccer, shoot hoops, or hit wiffle balls. Whatever season it was (we knew by what Dad watched on Sundays), that’s the sport we’d be playing. This was long before the days when four year olds could sign up for organized sports. Our shot clock was dinner time or dark or when one of us got hurt, whichever came first. We just played in the yard to play.
It was fun.
Fast forward thirty years (or so) and things have changed a bit. We live in fast times where kids grow up quick. At the ages of four and six, my kids already have at least a half dozen “seasons” of organized sport between them.
At the beginning of the summer, our oldest had just one request. T-ball and a rigorous kindergarten year were winding down and he was wore out. Structure and rules had taken their toll.
“Can we just come home and play?”
So for a few months, that’s what we’ve done. We get home and we wander about and we just do things. We build Legos. Some days we catch frogs or pick garden vegetables or watch movies to avoid the heat. We’ve thrown the football and ridden horses a little. There’s swimming, of course, and exploring and building forts out of pillows for Nerf gun battles. Come to think of it, most every day there is a battle with Transformers and Barbies and green army men and sometimes a fairy captured by a dragon. In these circles, the good guys and princesses still always win.
Kids really do have a great perspective.
We are but a few weeks away from the start of another school year. As always, therein lays the promise of victory and defeat and practice. Lifelong friendships will be formed and rivalries will be forged. The coming year is a blank slate, waiting to be filled with the wins and losses and ties that come with each passing day.
It’s called growing up.
And we all do it, year round.
And sometimes we forget the simplest of things.
Maybe, just maybe, we should more often remember to just come home and play.
Until next week, keep smiling.
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