Diana's Homeschool Blog

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Permission to Play


Dear friends of ours host a family farm day every year, where literally hundreds of people come to play. Young and old alike enjoy the opportunity to taste, touch, see and experience things that were once a familiar way of life, but now are fast disappearing. If you had come last Saturday, you could have dug potatoes, played tug-of-war, eaten organic beef, ridden on a horse-drawn wagon, sat on hay bales, tapped your toes to fiddle music, and, in general, had an absolutely FUN day. Here's a link to see what they had lined up.



But, the trick is, of course, that you would have had to take the time to actually stop whatever else you were doing and go.



I almost didn't. Too much to do, too far behind, couldn't justify the time expenditure. That's been my thought pattern every year for the past few years.



And then, suddenly, I remembered that these precious and supportive friends took time off to drive several hours to attend my son's wedding. With that in mind, and the thought of catching some golden photo ops for this blog, I grabbed my camera and we dashed out the door.



Of course, by the time we got there, it was basically over. I missed the digging potatoes, tug-of-war, organic beef, horse-drawn wagon, and fiddle tunes. I missed the excited groups of city children playing on a real farm, the happy families enjoying an amazing opportunity, and the chance to actually enjoy the day.



But, I did come face-to-face with the reality that I have relegated play to the lowest priority. As an over-achieving adult, I've believed that play is what we do when we get everything else done. Kind of like getting to eat dessert only after you eat all the brussel sprouts and raw oysters.



What a mistake.



Next year, I plan to show up at 10:00 a.m.—when they open—and participate whole-heartedly in playing on a farm.



If you need permission to play, I hope this blog has provided it.  smiley






Learning a lot,



Diana


Eyes to See
Days drag, but years fly
 

Comments 3

Guest - Carrie on Friday, 26 August 2011 12:35

Diana, 

A great post...we need to remember this...we get so bogged down by all the seriousness in life.  Our family went to that a couple of years ago...it was a fun time!
Love, 
C~

Diana,  A great post...we need to remember this...we get so bogged down by all the seriousness in life.  Our family went to that a couple of years ago...it was a fun time! Love,  C~
Guest - Penney Douglas on Saturday, 27 August 2011 01:50

I tend to take life too seriously, too.  I need to play with my little ones.  They are still little, even though I have big ones, too.  They need Mommy to play with them as much as my older ones did when they were little.
 
Thanks for the reminder.
Love,
Penney

I tend to take life too seriously, too.  I need to play with my little ones.  They are still little, even though I have big ones, too.  They need Mommy to play with them as much as my older ones did when they were little.   Thanks for the reminder. Love, Penney
Guest - Sue on Saturday, 27 August 2011 05:05

Diana,
This is something that I have finally been learning this year.  It took my oldest hitting 16 and realizing we hadn't played together in quite some time to make me stop and enjoy some time with her - not just check in on how school work is going or ask her to take care of her younger siblings while I 'get some work done'.  We have been enjoying our family times together, and I'm so glad the Lord brought me to the place of giving myself permission to play with my own family!
 
 

Diana, This is something that I have finally been learning this year.  It took my oldest hitting 16 and realizing we hadn't played together in quite some time to make me stop and enjoy some time with her - not just check in on how school work is going or ask her to take care of her younger siblings while I 'get some work done'.  We have been enjoying our family times together, and I'm so glad the Lord brought me to the place of giving myself permission to play with my own family!    
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