I’m discovering I can get way too serious before I know it.  I hate it when that happens!  I have to just stop and take action on myself and do a “route recalculation” or I will become dull and you don’t want to be around me.…..OH MY!!!….

Our kids have been here for a few days. Phillip and Amy have their routine enjoying each other.  They like to visit the surrounding little towns with neat shops and cafes, such as Blue Ridge, GA……

Caeden stays with us and the play begins.  I’m finding out that I have things that I “thought” were important, like keeping the house straight, checking email and it goes on and on. You know what I mean?

Yesterday, I realized those things keep me so controlled, that I miss important moments and I forget to PLAY.  I just stopped and said, “hey Caeden where are those two coloring books we bought a few years ago that we use to color in?”  He ran and got them and I had the best time coloring with him in the Star Wars coloring book……..

I opened all our crayon boxes and my memory took me back as a child and how I loved to color and how much effort I put into finding the RIGHT COLOR!!!  I had to be careful not to break one that would upset my day.

Then the smell of crayons……. can you smell them?….

 We were surprised how his coloring had improved, staying in the lines now….

We didn’t take time to swing this time, “Why didn’t I get out on the porch this summer more?”  Now the cold weather is coming and it will be too cold to sit out there.  Hey, I missed some summer sounds and sights this year….too busy!  Right now Caeden is calling from upstairs wanting me to come see this new computer game and how he is winning at this game.  Ok, practice what I just said, stop for the moment.  One day I will look back on this time, revisiting this valuable moment knowing my grandson wanted me to see him win in this fight with a giant in a game some computer whiz created. Wouldn’t be surprised if one day Caeden will be creating these games his mind runs that way.

 Outside we enjoyed the sunshine and the breeze in the trees as we played. I watched as he rode his bike around and around seeing how fast he could go each time.It became an imaginary race track. I was sitting in the grandstand cheering him on. This playing is actually fun.

Later that afternoon we baked Gingerbread cookies and created funny gingerbread men.

He could not stop eating them.  “Can’t just eat one”, he said, “these things are addicting”.

Yeah, that’s what I thought, so today we might have to bake some more because that batch is gone. 

Got to go, some more fun is waiting.  He’s leaving soon, but I want forget to keep playing like a kid.  Then, with this memory in my mind, on another day I will look back on this day enjoying this time with him again. 
This message is for you also, so get started with something fun….. BE A KID!…….


2 thoughts on “DON’T FORGET HOW TO PLAY…

  1. Thank you for sharing thoughts and letting us into your life. So encouraging. I love playing. I get to play a lot now lately because God has blessed me with 7 grandchildren all under the age of 2 1/2. So yesterday I got to jump on the trampoline, color, play tag, and ring-around-the rosie. I see it as investing into their future while having fun. Thanks for the encouragement, Mary.

  2. That brought back some great memories. Always loved coloring. Still enjoy it when their is a little one around. I can smell the crayons just looking at yours. Still love baking. Didn't do ginger bread cookies this weekend but did make gooey bars.thanks for the journey back into memories

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