Just let that little kid inside of you come out and play!

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but something happens to people when they’re in the presence of toddlers. They become semi comatose and transfixed by everything the children do. The same thing happens with cats and dogs. Perhaps we are in awe of their playfulness and their ability to be in the moment, and at the same time saddened by our loss of it. All adult eyes seem glued to the child’s every moment, and each word uttered becomes a pearl of wisdom. We are sure as we watch that a new version of Einstein is in our midst. Adult conversation becomes sprinkled with “oohs” and “ahs”. Statements are uttered, such as “Did you see him pick up that bug? I can’t believe it! Why, I wouldn’t dare. “Oh, she said she had to go potty. Isn’t that clever?” “ When it comes time to eat, each child is encouraged to “Eat it all up, or “Here comes the train. All gone. Won’t Big Bird be happy?” Whenever I’m a witness to the above, I realize that being grown-up isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. When’s the last time someone watched you all day and oohed and ahed? And how many of us have tripped and been made to feel okay? Normally the “big klutz” sign goes up and somebody makes a smart comment, such as “Have a nice trip.” I’ve also never been anywhere where a group of adults thought a bug was cute. There seems to be a united front to kill and remove the body as quickly as possible without any signs of remorse. Maybe we should consider throwing a party and have everyone come dressed as a toddler. We could make mud pies, play ring around the rosy, and not worry if everything we eat becomes part of what we’re wearing. We could appoint someone to be a doting parent that tells us we’re fabulous every five minutes or so. Unfortunately, adults, with their never ending need to become analytical would turn it into group therapy in order to discover why each individual was behaving like a child and try to find the right medication so they could calm down. What so many adults have forgotten is how to let that little kid come out once in awhile. Embrace your imagination, your sense of playfulness and your ability to be present to the wonder that is available in the everyday. You’ll find you’ll be less stressed and a lot happier.

 

About lorettalaroche

An international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, ‘Get a Life’.

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6 Responses to Just let that little kid inside of you come out and play!

  1. bo dietl says:

    beau dietl spoke about the same thing a few days ago on a recent Don Imus program. Interesting how no one doesn’t seem to feel the same way.

  2. Dianne Stone says:

    Perfect timing. May is National Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is “Never Too Old to Play!”. We are socialized to abandon play for more serious, adult pursuits. We lose touch with our creativity and imagination and then wonder why we can’t solve problems! Play on!

  3. sweet pea says:

    “When’s the last time someone watched you all day and oohed and ahed? ”
    Loretta, you may be one of the few people who’d understand why living with a family of 10 golden retrievers would be so much Fun! Bless you! your inner child is alive and well 🙂

  4. sweet pea says:

    That’s what I am doing! My little kid is running the show its the only way to go!

  5. gone says:

    YAY! is there a rating higher than “excellent”?

  6. gone says:

    YAY! that’s Just what I am doing!

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