about this quote …
The importance of not being too grown up
“… Delight in the experiences of your youth today. Reflect upon the simple pleasures of carefree living. What can you do to indulge yourself in a healthy way? Put down the bills and laundry and have a tea party or puppet show. Take a spin on the swing set or jump on the bed. Not only will you burn off some energy, but you’ll also be taken back to an innocent, worry-free time in your life. A time when you wore pajamas with feet and weren’t such a big girl. Remember the importance of an occasional childlike moment..
Animal crackers and cocoa to drink.
That is the finest of suppers, I think;
When I am grown-up and can have what I please
I think I shall always insist upon these.
I LOVE to have fun – to laugh – to be like a child and do something out of the ordinary.
When my kids were small, I seemed to have more opportunities to be child-like. I just joined in with them: tea-parties, impromptu picnics, dancing to worship music in the kitchen, flashlight stories under the blankets at bedtime, hot cocoa and marshmallows after a sledding party, jumping in the water with all our clothes on.
Now that everyone in the household is “grown-up”, those fun moments are still there but fewer and farther between. And I MISS them. Grandchildren are coming (someday!) but I am not waiting.
I know that laughing, having fun, “delighting in the experiences of youth”, as the quote words it, does something deep inside of me – rejuvenates, renews, refuels, refreshes … I can’t think of any more r words 🙂
It actually strengthens me to face the ordinary bill-paying days and even the more difficult times that we all encounter.
One of my boys has the most infectious laugh – when he was a little guy he would start laughing and soon the whole family had to join in because his laughter was so contagious – a joy to watch. It always made me so happy – and still does – to see my children enjoying life and laughing together.
I think the Lord feels the same way. He delights in our joy.
what will I do to delight in the experiences of childhood today?
Climb a tree, swing in my hammock, read as late as I want (there really is no one who will say “time to turn that light out”), jump in the water with all my clothes on, eat a Cow’s ice-cream cone (for supper!), lay out on a blanket and count the shooting stars, eat breakfast at the beach??
Ok – I could google “fun things to do”
but first I am going to ask you, my very best blog readers in all the world, what do you do for pure, sheer fun? Something that has absolutely no utilitarian purpose – something that makes you feel like a child again – something that makes you laugh, smile, or give a happy sigh.
like Pooh sticks.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Don’t disappoint me
or I might throw a tantrum
That was one child
like ish thing that I was very good at.