// The hero was just about to save the day. Villain thwarted and damsel saved. Just… a little… further… He could almost reach her. “Try harder, Ken. Try harder. You can’t let her fall.”
His one true love MUST be saved. Reeeeeach! The clock was ticking. Time was running out. It can’t end like this.
“Shauna, supper time!” and I would jump out of my skin, a violent reminder of reality.
“MOM! Don’t scare me like that!”
She would just shake her head and marvel at why I would be gasping for air and clutching my heart.
Do you remember those days when you’d become so engrossed in ‘play’ that you’d lose all track of time and space? I do.
I remember using pieces of Styrofoam from our new TV or dishwasher to build a Barbie penthouse suite in my bedroom closet. I even had a swimming pool with real water. Oh, the adventures and drama we would have there. Weddings and parties, friendship and heartache, danger and heroism. drama, drama, drama.
I remember being so engrossed in the story that I couldn’t hear my mom walk down the hall and open the door. //
“Shauna, bed time!”
“MOM! Don’t scare me like that!” *roll eyes*
When was the last time you lost yourself in play like that?
This week, Erwin has been in Australia visiting Raelynne and attending the Hillsong Pastors Conference. He’s been gone and we’ve been on school holidays, using the downtime to revisit ALL of the old movies that the kids loved when they were little. OK, not all of them, but a LOT of them. Disney movies, musicals, adventures, originals and remakes. It’s been the best fun going down memory-lane.
Last night, we watched the new movie called “Boss Baby.” Have you seen it yet? You know how the boy’s imagination turns a normal living room into outer space, or a race track, or the wild west?
David kept saying…
“Mom! That’s EXACTLY what it was like for me when I was little! EVERYTHING we played became REAL.”
Car chases, sword fights, exploring, adventures… I remember them playing like that!
And I thought to myself, “I miss that. I miss that childlike simplicity to create and believe. To imagine and explore.”
Can we get back there again? I don’t know. But I suppose it starts when we stop the busyness long enough to engage, and feel, and imagine.Adventure starts when we stop the busyness long enough to engage, feel, and imagine. Click To Tweet
It’s the challenge placed before us…
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR TIME THIS HOLIDAY?
Tell a story, write a story, act out a story.
Build a fort, a sandcastle, a mud pie.
Draw a picture, paint a portrait.
Write a song, create a musical.
Or make a piece of art (even if the only tools you have are marshmallows, Teddy Grahams, and wooden skewers).This holiday, will you stop ‘adulting’ long enough to CREATE something memorable? Click To Tweet
Will you PLAY again?
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Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word was PLAY.
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