Fairy Doors: A Call to Play
I had the best day. The sun was shining, spring was springing, and I went to Putnam, CT to hunt for fairy doors. You’re probably wondering what in the world, or why in the world would I want to do that….
Well, that’s easy. I need to play more. The topic of play keeps resurfacing in my reading and conversations. I know I don’t play enough. As I read a list of ways to de-stress through play and this one popped off the page:
Do something for the kid in you everyday.
This proposed a couple of problems for me:
Every day?? Yikes, the only things I do everyday are tasks, like brushing my teeth, cooking dinner, and doing dishes. And the second dilemma has everything to do with not having a clue what my inner-kid would enjoy. So I began making a list:
Tell a joke
Drink out of a straw
Take a nap
Play in the sand
Ride a bike
I needed to find a playful activity, and fast.
That’s where the fairy door scavenger hunt came in.
I felt a giggle rising up within me and thought, by George, I am going to do it. Why not!
Armed with my list of fairy doors, a pen, camera, and a water bottle, I set off on my quest.
I found eighteen hidden fairy doors –each one designed by a local artist. I checked them off my fairy door list and took photos of each one. I wandered and hunted. I talked with locals and visitors to town. I sipped coffee at Ben’s Beans, and got revved to finish my quest. And, most of all I delighted in the time I spent imagining and enjoying the process. And I began to see how play is related to joy.
The idea of a fairy door entrance to a world of imagination and play is magical. I need to get outside my big-girl world sometimes and think like child.
Let go. Enjoy. Have fun!
Here are some ideas for play…Can you add any to the list?
Sketch, draw, doodle, paint
Wade in the brook
Take a cooking class
Wander at the farmer’s market
See a play
Visit the aquarium
Write a children’s story
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What about you? How do you play?
Do you find your joy increase when you play? Does it improve your mood?
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