Naomi is a master at turning any routine situation into an opportunity for play. It has inspired me to rethink what is boring and what is fun. When adults talk about play, most bring up something organized, like a sport. Don’t get me wrong, I think sports are super-duper splendorous, but hang out with a baby for a day and you quickly realize that we all have a natural play instinct, and it’s the very opposite of a planned, organized activity.
How does this translate for adults? One way is through imaginative and funny banter, song, antics, buffoonery and overall general silliness.
Sorry sports fans, but there is some good news here! The fact that our most natural play is unorganized and spontaneous means we all have time for it, and we can do it just about anywhere.
Of course it helps if you have a play partner.
Young kids are natural play partners, but adults seem to vary in their willingness to come out of their crusty little shells.
When I lived in New York, I took an amazing improv class with a troupe called Burn Manhattan. At the time, I thought they were supernatural geniuses. But my baby makes me realize that we’ve all got that little spark inside us, and it’s a question of stoking it up again until it burns!
So, Baby Step #3:
Remember how to be a kid again, by hanging out with the other kids in your life. But remember this too — the most imaginative child around you might be six-feet-tall and hiding inside a pinstripe suit. Poke them and see what happens!
I’d love to hear your comments…