I’m sure some of you and/or your kids have already returned to school in whatever fashion that takes this fall. I’m sending positive thoughts of safety, energy, and joy to you as you take on this mammoth and vital task of education. In today’s environment, I’m grateful to no longer work on the front lines.
Still we can find joy anywhere. One daughter’s kids returned last week, but they’re in a homeschool hybrid situation, where they go in twice a week and are at home three days. My other daughter’s child starts September 8 all virtual. This year, I’ll get to spend Thursday afternoons with her. We might do some school type work, but mostly, we’ll be playing. That’s been something as a grandmother I’ve had to relearn how to do. I’m pretty much a workaholic and sitting around doing nothing has little appeal even with beautiful views to inspire me.
For a while, all the grands got into coloring. You know they have these adult coloring books now. They’d come over and we’d drag out the books and pencils. I had to school myself that it was okay to spend hours having so much fun.
My youngest grand is really an organizer. We don’t just play games and see who wins each game. No, she sets it up as more of a tournament with a grand winner at the very end. There’s an order of which game we play first.
What joy to see her figuring out who done it in Clue. Or strategizing with Connect 4. And lookout when we play Uno.
One of my favorite games is Bean Bag Toss. I think up east you call it Corn Hole. Where does that name come from? We’re having a couple of days of moderate temps, so we can actually play outside. I expect we will both improve our skills over the fall. Look out, family members. 😊
I think the first time I heard of the importance of play was at a church women’s retreat where we learned to play Word Salad—Not sure how I failed to mention that game earlier. It’s my youngest granddaughter’s favorite game. Can you guess why? You get to act out part of the game.
So I want to encourage you to find time to play. I know how hard that is. Even a few minutes a day or a couple of times a week, will relieve your stress level. And we all could use a bit of help with that. We will get to the other side. I don’t know what it will look like, but we’ll get there.
Are you a game player? Are you competitive or do you just play the game? Do you have grands? Do you get to play with them? Can you find time to play with your kids? What kinds of things do you do to relieve stress? (Meditating is great for lowering blood pressure.) These days, we all need to find strategies to help reduce stress and connect with our inner child. And it never hurts to read a good book with a Happily Ever After ending. 😊
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