Two year old Parker was running through the HUGE puddle in between the softball diamonds. He was running back and forth from one end to the other end splashing around, laughing, giggling, screaming; having the time of his life. He would stop in the middle and squat down really low as if trying to see how far he could go before touching the water to his bum. He was completely soaked. So, he eventually sat down in the puddle. He even tried to lie down. Got back up and started running back and forth again from one end to the other end. Simply having the time of his life.
Everyone was watching and laughing and smiling at him-this little boy having so much fun in this puddle while we all just sat around being so serious. One other little boy even started to play around the very outside of the puddle but didn’t get very far into the fun before his mom said, “No way Johnny. I already gave you a bath today.” His fun was abruptly stopped before it had even started.
The puddle was by a softball diamond where there was no playground in close range to play at. Parker saw fun, went for it and had it. Simple as that. Easy as pie. No hesitations. No embarrassment of what others might think. Simply having fun. In a puddle. He made fun.
As adults, we don’t need other people’s permission to have fun. So let’s have more fun. To others, we may look silly, stupid, idiotic, or weird but you know what the beauty of this is? We are having fun. We are living. I know no one will stand up at my funeral and say, “I remember the time Tara stood around at a softball game. It looked like she was having the time of her life.” I DO know someone may stand up at my funeral and tell a funny story of how, “Tara decided to jump into the lake next to the softball diamond on a hot summer day with her clothes on. That Tara, she had fun. She lived. She had the time of her life.”
That’s a story to remember folks. That’s a story that sits in our minds. The fun ones.
Have more fun. Allow your children to have more fun. After all, if all you have to do is clean them off, poor you….life is so hard…..not. Maybe you need to have more fun then too.
Go have fun kids.
Love & Blessings,
“Good writing succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” ~Malcolm Gladwell