Searching through old files on my computer, I discovered this post I had written over a year ago while on a vacation and never posted. Enjoy.
“Time for fun should be part of family living. And it should be jealously preserved. The attitude of levity is extremely important to the psychological health of the family.”
So suggests the book Simple Living published in 1974, a quirky little treasure I stumbled upon at a friend’s home. It goes on to list ideas for “time for fun.”
building stereo sets
hiking in the woods
We’ve tried all those in the past year, if letting someone else put bee hives on our property counts for beekeeping, and trying (but failing) to make a homemade radio from a kit counts as “building stereo sets.”
This week we pulled our kids our of school for a week camping. Most of the week’s activities would fit well on this list. Collect crab claws on the beach. Make a piece of driftwood into a knock-your-sibling-off-the-log game. Bury feet in sand. Draw on a rainy morning. Do a pilates video as a family.
Taking your kids out of school for a week will result in a letter from the school telling you to prioritize schooling and never take kids out for anything but sickness. We ignore those letters. The best way to avoid heart sickness is to go ahead and prioritize fun.
The book tells me, “The person who is trying too hard to be intentional can move into a fog of serious contemplation that dampens the spirits around him.”
Isn’t that a great word of advice for Christians? My husband Adam enjoys asking people, why aren’t Christians funny? He doesn’t just talk about it, he’s a natural combatant of Christian damp-spiritedness. At a recent dinner we sat with a group of college students and laughed to tears. There were too many jokes to remember, but the K-mart “I shipped my pants” commercials played a key role.
“Be free to see and enjoy our children, to listen to their laughter, and to add to it some of our own.”
Amen to that, whether it’s kids we’re seeing and enjoying, or anybody else in your path today.