Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Just Plain Family" Morning

Sometimes we need to just stop what we're doing and do what we should. The idea of "should" is of course subjective, but I'm talking about leaving behind all of the job worries and bills and car maintenace pressures- everyhtihng that makes us adults- and to just letting loose and experiencing life.

Garrett's on vacation this week so we've had a chance to spend some quality time together. This is a rare opporutnity in our household and one that we've embraced whole-heartedly.

Today, we went to our favorite local bakery, owned and operated by a woman who lives in our community, and we bought breakfast. We then proceeded to a community playground where we spent a couple of hours playing and giggling. We even had the chance to feed the ducks and Canada geese at the river!

As a teacher and homeschooling mom I can pinpoint the areas of development we touched upon with our kids today; I can expound upon the benefits of healthy excersise and developing an appreciation for animals in their natural habitats, among other experiences, and I wouldn't be wrong for doing so. It's important to track the learning we've done and to have goals related to our academic paths lest we loose our way and do our children a disservice.  On the other hand, today wasn't about that. Today was about wreckless abandon and good, old-fashioned, care-free fun. It was about trying the slides, heading across the monkey bars, pushing our kids on the swings, and feeding the ducks until we had no more stale bread to give. It was about racing back to the car and about singing "Puff, the Magic Dragon" all the way home, or at least until the kids fell asleep thanks to their fun-packed morning.

Education and learning outcomes have their place- don't get me wrong. On the other hand, so does fun for fun's sake. So does family time with no agenda. And so does loosing the reigns of adult life and taking time to play-really play- as if nothing in the world mattered but the moment. It's difficult to keep such competing priorities in place during a given day, so we remain thankful for days like today when we can revel in our children and their childish ways, and even allow ourselves permission to play with them.


  1. Can I just give you our as-yet-hypothetical future children to you to raise?
    Great, thanks.

  2. **also, I need to learn to proofread.

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