Adults don’t play. At some point during adolescence, people lose interest in playing and no longer have the time for it. (I wonder which one goes first – the time or interest.) Exercise becomes a chore relegated to the gym in lieu of a natural interaction.
I love playing! Granted, I couldn’t play all day and I enjoy adult conversation, projects, books, etc. But it wouldn’t be unusual to see me leapfrogging in a park or playing tag with the trees. (I always win at that one.)
When we were in LA, I had a blast playing with Tamar and Gabe’s kids. Yesterday, I walked over to a local park in San Diego, befriended four different groups of people and brought them together for playful interaction and conversation. I even challenged some of the adults to races and am convinced that I built more community in one hour than had previously been in place among those neighbors.
Yair jokes that I should post a Craigslist ad for childcare, specializing in outdoor games for 5-10 year olds with tremendous amounts of energy. I’m not so sure about that, but if anyone wants to meet up and play as we head through Texas this spring or when we’re back in Riverdale this March, let me know!
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