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“Fun is good.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Memorial Day, 2008
It was a cool, yet sunny, spring weekend. Late May. We packed our sleeping bags. S’mores were secured. Wood for the evening campfires packed. Swimsuit – check!
We were on our way – a weekend away, with friends. Off to a spot where our cell phones didn’t work. Into small town America. And then, beyond…
Surrounded by corn fields and cows.
It was a nice campground, out there away from everything. Snack bar. River. Pool. Basketball court. Big bouncy pillow.
Big bouncy pillow?
What is this thing that seems as big as a football field? And drawing all the kids to it, like a magnet finding spilled nails..
Day 1 and day 2, relaxing days. Kids wandering off (presumably to the big bouncy pillow). Adults hanging out. Yet, by the third day – what was the draw of this big ‘thing’ that had all the kids wanting more, all the laughing, all the screaming?
Big bouncy pillow!
Why do the children get to have all the fun?
And with that…we joined in! A couple of adults amongst hundreds of kids (well, not hundreds…lots, though!). And it WAS fun! And ALL the kids loved it! Loved us out there, with them. Kids we didn’t even know – drawn to us. And we jumped. And we bounced. And we fell (without completely squashing some of the smaller variety out there). And we had FUN! Big, crazy, kid-type fun! Carefree fun!
Sure, we were tired when we finished. We needed water (and oxygen! – almost!). Our legs ached the next day. Was it worth all this?
“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
As we get older, as we leave the days of our childhood, and move toward the days of adulthood – we sometimes leave also the carefree fun that being a child means. It doesn’t have to be that way. Just because we’re no longer a child, doesn’t mean fun has to leave our vocabulary.
Go out. Have some fun! Be goofy! Act silly! Do something that makes others smile or chuckle! Be a little weird! Act a little strange! Get out of your comfort zone of typical adulthood!
Have some fun today. YOU deserve it!