This past summer at our annual family gathering, I was chatting with an uncle while watching numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and cousins' children playing in, on, or near the water. Of particular interest was the difference between how moms and dads interacted with youngsters, whether their own or someone else's.
Most of the dads frolicked and played together with the youngsters like other youngsters. Most of the moms assisted youngsters in their play, but weren't actually engaged in the play itself.
Why do women seem to lose their ability to play? I lamented to my uncle. When does that happen? When do we become "too old" to play? And why doesn't that happen to men?
He couldn't offer me any reasons as to why it happens, but he agreed there seemed to be a marked difference between the sexes in this respect. When I asked what I could do to try and re-cultivate that ability, he suggested I devote more time to playing practical jokes on my family, and assisting my children in carrying out some of their own. He wasn't completely serious, but given his personality and sense of humour, it wasn't surprising advice!
I was looking for something completely different online this morning when I stumbled upon this particular quote:
And I think it offers some great incentive to maybe put his advice into practice! Or at least conscientiously seek out ways to have fun so that my girls don't dread growing up and becoming a "boring, old mom!!" ;)