Time to play


Sitting at my kitchen table yesterday morning I looked out the window and noticed these two boys walking along.  It only took a moment for them to notice the huge pile of leaves that have been gathered so the city workers can sweep them up and haul them away.  In a flash they each took a running leap and fell into that pile of leaves, just like we all have done at one time or another.  

I watched them for several minutes and laughed at their antics.  They jump and fell into those leaves time and again, through the leaves at each other, thoroughly enjoying themselves.  Oblivious to time and demands and school.  I finally got up and ran to get my camera, and by the time I was looking out the window the two had moved on to a different pile of leaves, repeating the same fun and leaf smashing.  

I could not help but smile to myself, and I kind of wanted to just go out there and join them.  to just let all responsibility go by the wayside and enjoy the moment.  Instead, I quietly opened a door and took a few images of them as they decided to move on, talking and laughing….and coming back to the reality that they needed to get to school.  I love the ‘evidence’  left on the street…that splash of leaves that no longer sit in the pile.

What a great reminder to play!  How soon we forget to do that as we ‘grow up’ and embark on our lives, our careers, raising families, working to pay the bills.   

May you find your own pile of leaves to play in today, real or imagined. 

4 Replies to “Time to play”

  1. I'm just back from walking in the park, where I had to smile at a tiny curly-haired girl who was having so much fun kicking in the leaves. Isn't it wonderful that from one country to another, children will always find joy in nature's gifts? We might not join them, but I think our cameras let us share their fun… or find our own.

  2. What fun! Capturing the exurberance of youth – their ability to find "play" anywhere. Yes, a lesson for the rest of us to remember to approach life with a lightheartedness.

  3. I love the way you capture them, leaving after their fun time! I took a hike in the woods with my daughter and her boys yesterday! There was a lot of "leaf kicking" going on! I don't know if I'll ever quit playing; Especially with four grandsons and another on the way!!

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