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.

4 comments:

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 (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) 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.

I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to follow me back, if you want =-)

Beth
www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com