I still love getting held by my Mama, and now I get to also squeeze my two little boys, too. Never, ever want to give that up.
8. Dancing in the rain
So… you get wet? That’s the whole point of splashing, jumping and twirling as it sprinkles.
9. Pancakes on Sunday mornings
This isn’t just the tastes and smells. This is about all the yummy aspects of this ritual. No need for any grown up to ever outgrow this experience.
10. Jumping and playing in piles of leaves
This was one of my favorite things about Fall when I was a kid — and now.
When I lived in Australia, I really missed seeing fireflies on summer nights because around Sydney, at least, there weren’t any. When my Aussie husband moved to the States with me a decade ago, I still remember the look of delight on his face when he saw them for the first time.
12. Skipping instead of walking… because you can
My sons and I sometimes skip to the car or the house when we’re going somewhere. Just for fun. And when other people see us, they almost always smile.
Doing childish things is very different from not giving up some things that help us recall our child-like joy.
What are some of the things that you love to do that remind you of that sense of unrestrained fun?
Featured image courtesy of lukeroberts via Creative Commons.
Becky worked as a reporter for more than 15 years in Washington, D.C.; Sydney, Australia; and Cleveland, Ohio for major publications including the New York Times, Salon.com, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, and was Associate Editor of the Plain Dealer's Editorial Page before she launched the consulting practice, Gaylord LLC. The company helps clients improve their external relations and communication and increase their influence and impact. Becky blogs about that (a few other things) at Framing What Works.
Ah, my first firefly sighting each summer always takes me back to my childhood. Other things (for me) that are not on your terrific 12 list: making snow angels, singing loudly in the car, and dancing around the house. Thanks for the smiles.