Tag Archives: play

agreeable friends.

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when walking on a path in the park today

i noticed 5 different dogs, with 4 different owners

coming from all directions

lots of jumping and friendly barking

wondering how they would all get along

 soon saw

it was a planned play date

a dog party

 so thrilled to see each other

immediately falling into joyful play

just like in one of my very favorite books

go, dog, go!

with the surprise dog party at the end.

(sorry for the too late spoiler alert)

 

“animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”

-george eliot

 

 

image credit: p.d. eastman, ‘go, dog, go!,” random house publishing

house of cards.

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learned a new card game
while hanging with family at christmas
when someone reads the rules
it does nothing for me
i learn best by trial and error
lots of trials
lots of errors
but i did somehow win my first game
with a combo
of good luck and a happy accident
nothing to do with strategy
 i’m fine with that
then got slaughtered in the next five games
by the kids
my hot streak might be over.
“You’ve got to know when to hold ’emKnow when to fold ’emKnow when to walk awayAnd know when to runYou never count your moneyWhen you’re sittin’ at the tableThere’ll be time enough for countin’When the dealin’s done.”
-kenny rogers, the gambler
photo credits: universal studios, facebook

hunters and gatherers.

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they quite naturally

are always busy

little hands

hunting and gathering

collecting, counting, carrying

organizing, sorting,

moving, lining up

until it feels and looks just right.

or until recess ends.

whichever comes first.

and then there is a mad rush

to fill pockets, and mittens, and hands

with as much as they can hold

treasure to be transported home

to go through the whole process again.

“we used to be hunter-gatherers, now we’re shopper-borrowers.”

-robin williams

 

the land of your childhood.

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first snow of the year – outdoor adventure day

first time with sustained snow play for many

running, jumping, sticks, snow angels, footprints, chasing,

snow picnic, snow story, snowballs, duck,duck,polar bear game,

lost mittens, noses running, rosy cheeks

eating lots and lots and lots of snow

one said it was the best snack in the world

and it just might be.

 

“there is no land like the land of your childhood.”

-michael powell

dear evan hansen.

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watching this very moving play

at the historic fisher theatre

as a story of people

who have always felt outsiders

unheard, unloved, and unseen

plays out before us

in words, in actions, in music

where the audience sits in total silence

and cries.

 

 

“Even when the dark comes crashing through,

when you need a friend to carry you and when you are broken on the ground,

you will be found.”

-You Will Be Found, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’.

slip ‘n slide.

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in this heat wave

thinking back to the time

when i decided to

slip ‘n slide with my daughters

waited my turn

zoomed up to it

head first, arms ahead

ready to slide for miles

balked at the last second

backside first, head followed

slammin’ instead of slidin’

 didn’t end up cooled down and filled with joy

did end up concussed and filled with regrets.

“you always say, ‘i’ll quit when i start to slide,’ and then one morning you wake up and realize you’ve done slid.”

-sugar ray robinson (american professional boxing champion)

 

options.

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b tells me these are the ‘options’

for ordering from his coffee/hot cocoa shop

i can certainly appreciate that he has organized it so beautifully.

now that they’re all laid out

it will be much easier to choose.

“it’s easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options.”

-robert hall

 

rapunzel reimagined.

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not to be outdone

after one of his classmates

dramatically hung her long braid down from the tower

declaring she was rapunzel

ih decided he wanted to be rapunzel too

 dramatically hanging his bangs down from the tower

declaring he was rapunzel

and it’s true

you can never have too many rapunzels.