Time to Play

I’d planned to spend a leisurely day today, turning my mattress, doing laundry, cleaning up the mess leftover from my Christmas wrapping venture, meeting with the mayor. I’d only stripped the bed when I got an emergency call from a friend. They didn’t have enough people to play a challenging game of train dominoes, and could I please come.

Ah, it’s nice to be needed. So, of course I said yes, though I feel a bit guilty about the chores that aren’t getting done. But there are other days for such things.

As for meeting with the mayor, that’s still on. The senior advisor to the mayor asked for volunteers to help plan community repair and beautification projects for this city in conjunction with AARP’s Liveable Communities Program. I’d merely suggested (requested, actually) that they get an adult jungle gym. And somehow, that got me volunteered.

I’ve seen a lot of photos for adult jungle gyms, which are nothing more than outdoor gyms with such things as stationary bikes, chin-up bars, and weight machines, which does not seem at all fun. The one I am interested in is the one I played on in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Now that was fun! A rope bridge for balance, swivel boards, stairs, wheels to turn for strength, and all sorts of fun things. Even kids were intrigued by this playground. (To be honest, there were more kids than adults.)

I haven’t been able to find that piece of equipment online, but perhaps there are other resources. If this is being done in conjunction with AARP, I’m sure they would have some idea where to get one.

Meantime, I have to go play dominoes.

I just noticed a theme here: playing! I didn’t have much of childhood — too much responsibility — and I never really knew how to play. (Reading was all I ever wanted to do.) So now it’s time for me to play.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.


7 Responses to “Time to Play”

  1. Judy Galyon Says:

    Playing is good for mind & body. I think I know the equipment you are referring to. I wish I could play!!! Have fun.

  2. LMH Says:

    Each time I read a new post of yours Pat I smile in true pleasure. And now you get the pure pleasure of play…one of the essentials to emotional wellbeing. LOVE IT! xx

  3. Rod Marsden Says:

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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