Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink. That is the finest of suppers, I think; when I'm grown up and can have what I please I think I shall always insist upon these.
Christopher Morley, author & journalist
I like this quote. I reminds me of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys who never grew up...at least until Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman starred in HOOK. But the point is, Peter and the boys enjoyed having fun. But that is The Wonderful World of Disney right? Cartoons never grow old.
People on the other hand, do grow up. And the more we learn, the more we forget how to play. And the more we forget how to play, the more stern and cross and even unpleasant to be around, we become. If you watch children going to school, you can see the difference. Younger children hop along, skip to school, jump in puddles and so on. Teenagers on the other hand frown, scowl, curse and dread going into class. Post-Secondary students, I personally believe, are transitioning between three stages: childhood...the partying on weekends, teenage life...making new friends and cliques, sticking with fashion, and the adult world...learning to stay up late nights, get up early mornings and try and remember everything from the day before plus the current day's duties.
Then there are us adults. When was the last time you made a snow angle or a snowman in the snow? Or when was the last time you jumped in a warm water puddle after the rain in Summer? Do you remember the last rainbow your heart skipped a beat over? If not, you have grown up TOO much.
Everybody needs to play now and then. I don't mean exercise at the gym or church meetings etc. I am talking about going out and just letting your hair down, so to speak. Go to the park and swing on the swings. What about skipping along in a store? Don't think it is possible for a "sane" person to do it? My dad does it every once and a while. My mom and I disown him for a few minutes, but it always bring a chuckle to everybody around us...who hasn't fully grown up.
Do you sit and watch the old cartoons you used to watch or you used to watch with your kids? I watch Fat Albert every weekday on Retro Teletoon. I love it. I remember some of the cartoons but I remember little of what Bill Cosby says. In my signature line of my regular email is a quote from one of the Cosby Kids songs they sing at the end of many episodes: Dope is for dopes and drugs are for dummies. I RUSH home to watch this every day at 4pm!!!! If I miss it, I stay up until 12:30am and watch it or I watch THE BUGS BUNNY AND TWEETY SHOW!
No, we should not grow up so much that we forget how to laugh, have fun and play. Buy a jump rope and do some double dutch with friends. Buy some sidewalk chalk and play hopscotch or play King's Court. Do something you used to do as a kid and Don't Care About WHO'S WATCHING!!!! You didn't as a kid, so why let it bother you now? Go out, have fun, create a new group of friends doing old time kid fun stuff. Talk like you used to:
Dude, like, I really, like love your like outfit. REMEMBER how much FUN it was to be a kid and BECOME one once and a while. It'll be good for your physical, emotional and spiritual health. So, last one in's a dirty rotten egg!!!