I took my usual run in Central Park today and happened to pass the children’s playground as I always do – but this time I stopped just to watch the kids. It was about one o’clock in the afternoon and the playground was packed with loads of little kids running, yelling, jumping around, skipping, singing, shoving each other and crashing into each other (on purpose).
I just stood there grinning. I laughed out loud when one little girl put her hands over a little boy’s eyes and just shouted “guess who?!” over and over again. The little boy yelled at the top of his lungs and then ran away. A minute later he ran back as fast as he could and covered the little girl’s eyes…
And speaking of laughing, the kids never stopped. Everything was funny. I started laughing myself – just for the heck of it – and it felt so good that I just didn’t stop. One little girl came over to me and said, “Why are you laughing?” “Because you are!!” I said. “Oh, good!” she said and skipped away.
For a moment I stopped laughing and my big grin turned to a soft smile. “How did my daughters, Kate and Abigail, grow up so fast? A minute ago they were skipping and jumping and squealing, too!” I said out loud.
And then, at that very moment, Kate called! She was in Vancouver on business and was just checking in. I told her about “the playground” and she was sympathetic to the “They grow up so fast” thing.
But she wisely said, “Now is good…”
“Yeah,” I said, “now is good. In fact, now is wonderful.” And for some crazy reason that wonderful “over-forty year old” song, “Free to Be You and Me” popped into my head.
So I sang it out loud. (After Kate hung up of course.)
Here it is, in case you want to sing along…