I had the absolute delight of playing with this little love at a holiday party. Her enthusiasm was contagious. Her joy traveled as easily as a summer breeze. Her smile brimmed from ear to ear. Her animation towards life was a beautiful reminder to play. On this day, may you be inspired to be light-hearted and flexible. Color outside the lines, try something new, cultivate a willingness to laugh at these authentic attempts. Jump in puddles. Make wishes. Hug more often. Love a little bit longer. Giggle. Dance. Play.
As we floated from game to game, Aubrey easily maneuvered her tiny body into a hula-hoop. I couldn't help but smile as she wiggled from side to side attempting to keep the hoop going in a circle. She brushed her bangs out of her face, handed me a second hoop, and offered that I would try it with her.
I snorted out a laugh as I thought about how silly I was going to look. I admired her present moment awareness...nothing but adventure awaited us.
"Just do it Sarah, she exclaimed." She wiggled the hoop from her hips to the ground. I attempted to hula with her. We both giggled as the hula hoop earnestly dropped to the ground. She sprung out of the hoop and raced through the green grass. Her pig tails seemed to take flight as she darted through the lawn. The Earth was blessed with her shouts of joy. Her laughter encouraged the song of the mockingbird in a nearby tree. I couldn't help but stare at her for a few seconds. She moved with ease and excitement.
We ran towards an out building as she checked in on her twin sisters. She briefly conversed with them and then shot off back to the front yard. We arrived in front of the toy bucket. This bucket was full of summer fun.
I smiled at her adoringly. "Aubrey you are such a creative and fun person to hang out with." I couldn't help but admire her spontaneity.
She snickered, looked at me, and easily answered, "I know Sarah. What do you want to play next?"
We shifted from hula-hooping to bowling to basketball to chalk drawing to wish making. A variety of opportunities presented themselves throughout the afternoon. Each event seemed to bring more laughter- more opportunities to play.
As night settled in, we finished up the chalk drawings in the driveway. She fervently shrieked as she discovered that she could color her hands with the sidewalk chalk. As she marked them in a colorful dust, she gazed down and noticed her toes in her sandals. She energetically began wiggling her toes Not only her hands, but also her little toes. She was a rainbow of chalk dust.
As I attempted to color in the lines, I noticed her delight at using all the colors and observed the playful connections throughout her artwork. "You're a regular Picasso Aubrey."
She flashed a smile and then asked if I would like for her to color my hands. She reached for her pallet of colors and decorated my palms.
Her mom gathered up her sisters and announced that it would be time to head home soon.
Aubrey gazed in my direction and dropped her chalk. With much intensity she announced, "Sarah we have to run to the wish field." I looked at her quizzical grin.
She bolted towards the field and I raced to catch up with her. We arrived at a patch of thistles. Her eyes scanned the thistle patch. "Can you get me a wish Sarah?"
I too scanned the patch for a fluffy white thistle. "Here you go Aubrey. What are you going to wish for."
She sheepishly grinned at me, "For more wishes Sarah." She picked a tiny blue thistle that was just beginning to bloom. "This is for you Sarah."
We gathered up extra wishes as her mom called for her to head home. We raced back to her red wagon in the driveway and she piled in. She locked eyes with me as she brushed her long hair out of her eyes. "Maybe you could come back and visit me at MoMo's (her grandma's house) and we could play wishes again?"
I smiled as I brought a hand to my heart! "It's a date Aubrey!"
May you make a date for wishes and play today!
May You Sweetly Seek:)