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Restoring Jane :: Play

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I watched two beautiful little boys playing on a tire swing today. They were all over it… climbing the rope, sitting on top, sitting within the ring. One would fall off, and the other would laugh victoriously, swinging the swing solo… Until his companion climbed back on again. At one point, just one sat on the swing, sitting inside the ring… He pumped his little legs and hung his body back, his head tossed back, searching for the ground as he swung forward and reaching for the sky as he swung back. I don’t ever remember seeing a smile so big, so full of uninhibited joy.
I think we need to play more.
I think we need to play with abandon, even if just for a bit.
I think we need to grasp joy like the rope to that swing and tug hard on it, until it lifts us upwards
and we remember what it’s like
to play like a child.

DOUBLE DOG DARE :: Go outside and play today… Take a walk, ride a bike, laugh freely, throw a Frisbee, swing, fish from a bridge, skip stones, jump rope, climb a tree, play hopscotch, take a hike, run, skip, tumble, dance, open the car windows, sing out loud, embrace a friend, play checkers, do with abandon. xo

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  • April 4, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    Amy Avery - I agree Patty! We do need to play like we did as children, just throwing ourselves into the moment and really living. I wanted to tell you that I truly appreciate your e-mail you sent me about my dog. You touched my heart with your own story and that really made me feel better. Your are such a dear friend, Patty. I missed y’all Friday. Let’s go out and “play” together soon!

  • April 4, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    Jessica - Oh I SO need to do this. It’s much better for us to play WITH our kids rather than just say “Go play”. I’m guilty.

    I strained my back in a weight lifting class Friday…ouch! So I may have to choose “play checkers”. 🙂

  • April 4, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Laura Hegfield - I playfully opened my bedroom window and photographed dawn…cool air on my face, birds singing.

    You are right, not enough playing going on in our lives and it is essential to our well being!

  • April 4, 2011 - 10:42 pm

    Kala - Lovely composition, colors and bokeh! I need to stop and smell the roses more I think – never enough time it seems.

  • April 5, 2011 - 1:23 am

    Andrea - I found your blog on Life Besprinkled and think it’s lovely. I didn’t play outside today, but sang loud in the car on my way home from work and made funny faces at my toddler as she ran around the kitchen.

  • April 5, 2011 - 1:56 am

    Polly - yay, I agree! I just so happened to play on the farm today with the dogs then read this post. What a wonderful reminder! Speaking of play, my sister just competed in a fabulous race and I think we need to talk the race organizers into bringing it here. Check it out:
    Want to get a team together?
    blessings to you sweet friend,

  • April 5, 2011 - 9:04 am

    Cate - Yes! to the sentiment and what a gorgeous pic!

  • April 5, 2011 - 10:29 am

    kim - LOVE tulips!

  • April 5, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    deb @ talk at the table - This is the first time I’ve loved the mix of coloured tulips like this..
    Your photo made me see something differently..

    It is important to play … I imagine you do a very good job at this.

  • April 6, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    Geraldine - The photo is breathtaking and your advice is spot on! Wonderful. :<)

  • April 7, 2011 - 1:59 am

    Ray - Wow gorgeous shot!

  • April 10, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Arija - That is the best advice I have heard all month and I love the light in your photo very much indeed.

  • April 11, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    Thauna - Love this picture!!! I think I’m going to make the effort to go to the tulip festival this weekend (and I just got a new camera). I adore tulips. Beautiful image! I went to a retreat once where we were all instructed to go outside and play for an hour and we couldn’t play with each other, we had to go make our own fun. It was a great exercise and I should do it more often. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

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