Friday, November 4, 2011

Never Be Too Big To Play

Years ago, our girls turned our upstairs loft area into a "shanty" and it became their play area for when they played "Little House on the Prairie". I love that they still love to play that, although it's not near as often as it used to be.

Today, Mackenzie had a friend over and Abby didn't. Abby decided she wanted to play Little House and she asked me if I'd play with her. Well, I'm embarrassed and sad to say I just don't "play" very well. It's always been hard for me to get into that "imaginative" mind set. Plus, I just always have a million things to do - just like any other mom. Abby snuck into my closet and found the most "pioneer-ish" dress she could find, which was just a floral dress I haven't worn in years that was taking up space in my closet. She said I could be Ma and to put the dress on and just go barefoot. Thinking of all the things I needed to be doing that afternoon, I honestly wanted to tell her I didn't have time to play. But then that dance scene from the movie, Courageous, popped into my mind.

So guess what I did today?

I had a tea party, "washed" clothes on a wash board, took care of "babies", pulled vegetables from our "garden", and read poems from a Pioneer Primer...

Even though I felt kind of silly, we had the best time and it reminded me of what's important in life. My To-Do-List is never ending but my time with my girls is very limited and fleeting away all too fast. I pray that I don't loose focus on what's really important and that I make time for the little things in life.


Jennifer said...

I'm horrible about just playing with the kids and using my imagination. I'm glad you took that time to spend with Abby.

Toni said...

This is awesome! I admit that I don't play with my children nearly as often as I should. Thank you for the reminder.

Cheri said...

Awesome! I bet Abby was grinning from ear to ear. Way to go!

Beth ( said...

I just found your blog on the Homeschool Blog Awards and popped over to check your blog out. Love this - you are never to old to play! I LOVE playing with my kids; it's a great excuse for me to play too.

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