The Mirth Goes On
How do you feel about scheduling daily fun? This month I accepted Ann Kroeker‘s invitation to join The Play Project. After the holidays, I looked forward to a little decompression time each chilly, January day. And perhaps it would free up my mind to write more. The list-writing genre gives me a particular thrill, so brainstorming my menu of frivolities was as enjoyable as doing one of them. Really.
Most of the things I’ve played have taken less than five minutes. I don’t want to become stressed by my “commitment to play.” If I miss a day, I let that balloon go and enjoy watching its red, round belly get swallowed up in the cloud cover.
Some of the fun I’ve had so far:
- Taught my daughter how to do the Roger Rabbit.
- Looked up the old ice cream parlor from my childhood to see if they still make chocolate ice cream sodas. Yes, they do. (Planned to make one on another day.)
- Scheduled a coffee break/video game time with my brother.
- Read a little farther in a Madeline L’Engle series.
- Watched a football game and tweeted a question to my local sports radio station.
- Made some curtain tie-backs out of a piece of silver Christmas ribbon.
- Listened to my favorite songs from middle school while I typed this.
One playdate creation that’s taken a bit more time, is this poster for my mom. After all the doors had been creased open on her December advent calendar, I wanted her to have something tangible to look forward to each day in January.
It’s been years, since I worked on a craft this size. The squares aren’t exactly even, but under each little paper is a childhood memory, a quote from a favorite book, or a joke. After she reads her daily snippet, she can store it in the envelope.
I want to invite anyone reading this to join our band of merriment and play. It’s not too late, and of course you can do this for longer than a month, or just for a day. No pressure in your play. If you want to let me know you’re game, or if you want to show us your fun on Twitter, the hashtag is #ThePlayProject, or just leave a comment below.
What would you enjoy playing today?