“The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.” ~ Erma Bombeck
It’s been a whirlwind weekend, filled with many family activities. The highlight of it, though, was playing kickball in a family kickball tournament. Together with a couple of other families we know, we formed a team and competed in a fun kickball tournament that was going on at a summer festival in our village. And we came out as champions! But, that was secondary to all the fun that everyone had.
So, how do you make lasting family memories? I think a big part of it centers around having fun. And laughing. And being goofy. And in general just having a really good time.
Sometimes it something that you don’t always do. We occassionally will play kickball in the backyard, but it’s much more fun with a bigger group of people. So, this was more of a one-time thing, and one that we’ll remember for the fun and laughing that went on. We won’t remember all the outs, or kicks. What we’ll remember is the fun things (like our team name), or a comedy of errors going on in the field, or hanging out with friends.
Other times, it’s something you do more often. We have a game I play with the kids at home that we call “garbage”. I’m the garbage man, and they are the trash. I chase them around and get them onto the sofa (our makeshift garbage can). They try to sneak out of the garbage as I’m off chasing someone else, trying to get the into the garbage. They all love this game (although it’s getting harder to catch them as they get older). And I get a good workout out of the deal too! There’s always a lot of laughing, and running wild, and just acting silly. I always think that one of these days they’ll outgrow this goofiness. But then, one of them will ask to play it again, and everyone joins in. And it’s fun (well, and exhausting)! And it’s something I think they’ll remember for a long time.
So, family time can really be fun time. And memorable time. And a time to get to know each other better. Sometimes it’s things you might do regularly, and sometimes it things that are more of a one-time thing. And that’s what it’s all about!