We are never too old to play - it is good for the soul.
" ""I had no childhood."" he told me.¬† ""I became a man without ever playing.¬† I had to take care of the family as the eldest son."" It was a heart-breaking conversation listening to this older gentleman relate his life experiences to me. ""How can you make up for this now?""¬† I asked him.¬† It is sad because we can't make up for the childhood we have lost. ""I wish to sit and watch Sesame Street."" he said. ""That is not hard to fix."" I said.¬† ""We can make this happen."" We spoke about many of the things which he never did as a child like playing soccer with the other kids on the street or just hanging out until his mom called him in. Until this conversation, I never thought of what I missed as a child.¬† I enjoyed most of my childhood and I am grateful that I was born at a time, in a country where 'play' was a great thing... not structured and within a safe environment.¬† My favourite play memories were playing hide and seek¬†on moonlight when all the neighbouring kids gathered¬†and our parents sat outside chatting amongst themselves while we pranked each other¬† under the shadows of the full moon.¬† Many of us take play for granted but there are still many places around the world¬†where children are put to work, sold into slavery and live in stricken poverty which denies them¬†a safe and a beautiful, memorable¬†childhood. However, for those who did not have a good childhood, while you may not be able to go back and fix it, you could perhaps indulge in a few things which you may still be able to do - like watch the Sesame Street movies. We are never too old to play.¬† It is good for the soul. Love, Magdalene"