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Monday, May 19, 2008
Rediscovering Happiness by Being a Kid
Isn't it amazing to learn something from someone you least expect to? They say that one learns much through the eyes of a child. That somebody was not kidding at all.

Yesterday taught me a lot from my kids. Something irreplaceable and true, that somehow I had forgotten for a long time. It is relatively easy to forget the simple pleasures of life once you reach a certain age. You get jaded and too stressed to even think of smiling. Yet you wonder and envy how small tykes can smile and laugh despite their obstacles and occasionally falling down.

I was amazed looking at my baby boy and little girl, yesterday, as they played with my younger cousins outside at the lawn. You could see the wonder in baby boy's eyes as he examined the grass, the leaves, and the small plants. One could see the laughter in their eyes as they watched how the others ran around, jumping, attempting to cartwheel across the grass. Pretty soon, little girl was bowing on the grass trying to flip over, too! Baby boy wanted to do so, too, but he later stuck to his conquests around the garden.

By and by, I joined the games as well. I attempted to cartwheel, too! To my dismay, I just couldn't quite get it right. After a series of tries, my babies were squealing with delight as they saw me tumble on the ground. Both ran to me laughing and giggling, it just made me smile more.

I've thought about it, and I wondered. When was the last time you had genuine fun? No, not shopping, not playing online games, just old fashioned playing. Kids these days do not exactly play hopscotch, jungle bars, and stuff. Perhaps we should do these things too..

Here are some things I could think of that perhaps you would give a try. Let's see how you feel after picking something from the pack:

  • Cartwheels. Do you know how to do cartwheels? If you don't, don't you think you missed something in life by not being able to do it? If you do know how to do cartwheels, do you think you still have it in you?
  • Rollerblades. How long has it been since you've put on a pair of rollerblades? Wasn't it fun to rollerblade or rollerskate? I bet you fancied yourself to be Evel Knievel to jump places and race on by.
  • Skateboards. I love skateboarding. Turns out, I still can manage to stay on board the skateboard, but I'm having problems doing a 360 deg these days.
  • Hopscotch. We all have our different styles of playing hopscotch. But when was the last time you played it? I can remember the last time I played this was back in elementary. Too long ago.. I'm thinking of playing this next Sunday.
  • Jump Rope. Perhaps you use this as a training device, or for fitness. But do you remember how it felt to jump rope just because? Or played Double Dutch just because it was fun. I'm willing to be there are some of you who can hardly make it to 20 counts before you trip your feet.
  • Dodge-ball. There would be some who would have nightmares because of this game, but there are some who love it, too! I can still remember the laughter and shrieks of joy when my playmates and I did this. Last night, the kids had fun trying to hit me with their toy balls. Pretty fun though.

There are so many games and things we used to do as kids without the determination or seriousness of an adult. It would be very nice if once in a while we relaxed a bit and remembered how it was when we were younger. I guarantee you'd be grinning like the Cheshire cat after a couple of tries. Just like old times.

Have fun!!

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posted by Ann @ 5:15 PM  
  • At May 20, 2008 at 1:58 AM, Blogger Nai said…

    pure fun? hmmm..among idea ana especially if whole day brownouts would be piyat2 unya imnanay ug tubig as the consequence. :)

    kindly check out our other site diay and kindly add it up on the blogroll. buzz me after so that I can add you up as well..

    thanks.. :)

  • At May 20, 2008 at 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sis, I added your 3 blogs in my blog na. Pls don't forget mine ha.

  • At May 20, 2008 at 8:20 AM, Blogger Ann said…

    @nai: yeah.. that, too! but i was wondering if you've tried to do cartwheels lately? :) be a kid once in a while nai!! :D jk sis.. added you. thank you! :)

  • At May 20, 2008 at 4:57 PM, Blogger lainee said…

    teehee, I've been doing cartwheels several times in the past year. and yeah, it IS fun! I did it last January sa boulevard with my cousins... it was pretty embarrassing at first since there were a lot of people there, but later on.. bahala sila uy! basta nalingaw mi! :P

  • At May 20, 2008 at 8:18 PM, Blogger Z'riz said…

    weeeee I remember those days well....

    ehemmm let's seee
    chinese garter

    hahahhaha naa pa'y lain

    i need to see your kiddies before i leave!

  • At May 21, 2008 at 1:29 PM, Blogger {girl}forallstatus said…

    It would be nice to go back to your own childhood. But you're right. We can do that through the eyes of a child. I have learned much from my kids.

    By the way, hope you can join my little project. This is just for fun. It's what others call a tag but I want to make it more personal. I will publish it on my blog with the whole pics and accompanying write-up. I plan to do this monthly with a different topic for each month. Here's the link and hope you join:

  • At May 21, 2008 at 5:14 PM, Blogger Ann said…

    @lainee: yeahp.. pretty nice, right? ;)
    @zr: there are a lot more.. hehe
    @{girl}forallstatus: amen to that! :) sure, il check it out ASAP!

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About Me: even when she has fairy wings on, this girl is anything BUT dainty. perhaps the size, the weight, and the personality alone are just too much for her to be considered delicate, prim, proper, and refined. this girl with the mud smudged cheeks has been down on the ground one to many times. these times forced her to be tougher, smarter, and more savvy than she has ever been. perhaps she will always be, never dainty. email me: neverdainty [at] gmail [dot] com
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