It doesn’t take much. A little bit goes a long way. And it’s kind of a big deal. Fun. From the ground up, it is a necessary piece of the emotionally stable puzzle. I know songstress Cyndi Lauper said its girls that just want to have fun, but I beg to differ. Though some need more than others, we all need a little silliness in life from time to time.
Baby Carter simply refused to nap today. All day long, the three-week-old stinker snacked and grunted and cried and mumbled and mom could not figure out what to do to help him take a much-needed snooze. After hours of this song and dance (literally – mom tried dancing and singing with him too), it finally happened. Mom talked back to him, tickled him, and sang to him and finally he fell asleep. He just needed a little playtime with his mom, I realized, and I guess we can’t fault him for that.
But the whole process took its toll on mom’s emotions, which takes its toll on dad’s emotions. It’s a pretty vicious cycle. So it’s a good thing there is another kind of cycle that is just as powerful.
Finally Carter napped. While he napped, my people played a silly video game called Guitar Hero before I initiated a game of pickle in the middle – the longest since Carter was born. And I realized something about the fun my family was having.
It doesn’t take much. A little bit went a long way. And it is definitely necessary. Fun. From the ground up, even the littlest bit of silliness can be just want the doctor ordered. For Carter, it was mumbling back and forth with mom. For my people, it was some alone time together doing something they did for fun long before Carter was born. And for me, it was that favorite game of mine. Because it was more than that. That Cyndi Lauper lady got it wrong. It’s not just girls that want to have fun. It’s all of us.