Family day is coming. It got me thinking about the things I love about our family. That caused me to think about how my Mom and Dad shaped the family I grew up in. Something I absolutely LOVE about my parents is that they know how to play. I hope you caught the present tense of that statement. My parents, to this day, get wet, snowy, and if the weather dictates it, dirty with us. At 18, 15 & 14, my kids are beginning to realize how special that is.
3. It builds common ground. It brings our worlds together and builds shared interests. That becomes the way to spend time together and everyone wants to join in. Loyalty to one another is built through shared recreation. Everyone enjoys it more when everyone comes along.
4. Talking together just naturally happens as we play. It helps us reconnect. We feel closer together when we play together. Up north, it is the best way to make it through the winter. I love it when we can head out for a snow shoe in the evening or go sledding. Or when our kids were little and we would go over to skate at the ice rink. It made our evenings more fun and that fun happened because we were together.
5. Our different personalities show up in the ways we each play. Everybody approaches the recreational activity in their own way and we can learn to enjoy our differences. It helps us build respect for one another and appreciation for each others way of seeing and doing things.
Our activities have changed as our kids interests have changed and that is OK. Snow shoeing, skiing, sledding, swimming, paddle boarding and water skiing have been the constants. Camping is still our favourite way to holiday in the summer. Craig is the sand castle king and as he and the kids get going on one, there are often kids from other families who have asked if they can help. We have been able to share a lot of what we love with our own kids. I feel so privileged that we have had those opportunities. We have built so many great memories together doing these things. I am thrilled that our kids will still play with us. I am so glad that they choose to come to the lake for summer evenings, and that at the hill they still hang with us. I treasure these moments together!