Several years ago Olivia told me that she wanted an ‘office-themed’ birthday party. Though this sounded unusual, I was up for it –
I loved planning parties for my kids when they were little, loved it. I actually enjoyed the boundless planning and creativity that such opportunities offered,
and I found it wonderful and infinitely delightful that kids will
just enter and participate without hesitation in an entirely new world of your making.
They really will.
I also adore office supplies. Pens and paper make my heart beat faster.
Best of all, we had access to an office!
So a few Saturdays later, Dan and I found ourselves in the board room of the architectural firm where he works, while eight or so 9-year old girls (and George) sat very seriously around that big table, both an agenda and a cup of Starbucks steamed vanilla milk in front them,
dressed in suit jackets, hair neatly tied back, reading glasses on, ready to take on the world and make important decisions.
For the next hour or two, we discussed –
personnel issues (what we should do about an employee with an excessive burping problem which involved actually bringing her in to brainstorm solutions)
which candy our company should choose to market,
and from which seller should we buy (we were fortunately able to skype our Ryland in who had a thorough presentation prepared).
Here’s the particular brilliance of that afternoon that I can only see now all these years later…
(And) never mind that these girls were not for even a moment questioning their right to be in that board room which is gorgeous and perfect in itself,
(And)…never mind that there they sat, collaborating respectfully, taking their roles very seriously,
genuinely discussing, listening, offering opinions and solutions.
We were, all of us, adults and kids alike, engaged in an afternoon of simply indulging our imaginations which felt deeply empowering, beautifully cooperative, joyful and so crazy hilarious that I actually remember laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks.
And why not?
Let’s not ever forget to play my friends, ever.
Listen, now, because this is really important. …
There’s a powerful magic in play that goes far beyond what we see on the surface.
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce
I have been quiet so far this year, words have honestly escaped me as I look to work out a new position that feels both authentic and positive given the shifting of our times. I have, finally, decided to talk about LOVE-based play and creativity, and make that my focus for this new year.
That is my resistance, my persistence, my rising up (I believe it looks a little different for each of us). It’s what I can contribute, and I promise you it’s going to be