Do you know why I love spending time with my nieces and nephews (aside from the fact that I love them to bits and they give life-enhancing hugs?)
It’s because if you spend time with children – watch them jump and dance and sing – pretty soon your inner child will be itching to join in too.
Kids are grand masters of joyful, exuberant play.
And their expertise in everyday playfulness can’t help but rub off on you.
Case in point: A few months ago, two of my nieces came to stay. After supper and a DVD, we sat on the floor and played a game which involved calling words out as fast as possible.
I can’t remember the name of the game, but I do remember lots of shouting and laughter!
In our excitement, one of us mispronounced a word and blurted out “SHMOOOOO!!” This prompted an interesting discussion. What sort of creature is a shmoo? And what do they look like exactly?
None of us could agree. So we each drew one.
You may already know what a shmoo looks like, but they are quite rare, so just in case…
First up is Holly’s shmoo. Here we see Shmoo Senior and Shmoo Junior out for an afternoon stroll. Awww…
“We play because we have an exuberance of spirits and energy, but we are also exuberant because we play.”
Kay Redfield Jamison