Now I don’t know how old you are and the beauty of it is, I don’t think it really matters. Other than this is an adults only challenge. Nothing suspect here, just a few tick tock moments to get in touch with the wonder of kid movement. No primal screaming required, no outlay of money. Just a little time and perhaps a temporary bon voyage to self-consciousness.
Here’s your mission - go with the one you love (or a good friend) to the neighbourhood playground, or any other playground, after hours when the kids who usually hang out there have all gone home. Early morning is good too as the sun starts its daily sweep.
Give your love a push on the swing. Climb up the slide and zip down one after the other. If you’re lucky enough to come across a roundabout, hop on and spin yourselves silly until your eyes see new galaxies in the night sky. Make like simians and swing toward each other until you can no longer keep your grip on the monkey bars and drop back to earth with the thud of gravity. Then run. Run like lightening. Run like you’re trying to catch fast man Bolt just for the fun of it.
Take a break. You might want to reduce your heart rate. Do you remember what it was like to play as a kid? Does your body remember? This is the kind of reminding we probably just can’t get enough of, the kind that can bring a wistful smile to our faces and a renewed appreciation of the importance of play for ourselves and all the kids out there.
I plan to take the challenge soon. I play frequently with our kids at playgrounds all around the city we live in - Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have a sense though that it will be different with my love Mélanie. I’ll write a few words about our experience.
Now all you self-identified adults - get out there and start playgrounding…..
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