Sherry A. Phillips

Romantic Suspense Author

Feel Free to Have Fun

Having fun with my kids is one of life's great pleasures.

Feel Free to Have Fun with your kids!

When is the last time you did something just for fun?

As I wrote about it last week, I downloaded the Pokemon Go app with my kids and have been having a blast playing the game with them. We’ve been all over our area catching Pokemon, getting exercise and laughing together.

My husband posted a photo of us all catching a Pokemon in our downtown area last night with the caption, “I don’t get it.” He has 4,000 “friends” on Facebook and the pile-on started. Everything from “I don’t even know what it is” to “They clearly have too much time on their hands” to “I think it’s idiotic catching made-up characters’ to “Absolute ignorance at it’s finest.”

So my question is, “When did having fun become idiotic and ignorant?”

I’m 53. That doesn’t mean I can’t learn something new or have fun playing a game with my kids. Is Stand Up Paddle-boarding idiotic and ignorant? Because I do that with my kids too.

And honestly, I talk more with my kids walking and looking for Pokemon than I do while SUPing. We’re usually too far apart to have any real conversations on the water. That’s not true for Pokemon Go.

Playing in the river while catching Pokemon

We stopped and played in the river while playing Pokemon Go.

Maybe the “fun” gene is inherited. My father had it. I remember when I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I were riding around and passed by a house with a grandfather towing his grandchildren in a red wagon. He would start running and the children were laughing and squealing with delight. My husband turned to me and said, “Why do I think that will be your father when this baby is born?”

He was right. My father was all about playing with our daughter, no matter what she wanted to do. My husband’s father was nothing like that. He usually sat in a chair in their living room watching television. It would never occur to him to get on the floor and play a board game with the grandchildren or tow them around in a red wagon.

I don’t want to be like that. I want to laugh out loud, experience life with my children and have fun. I don’t want to spend my non-working hours reading depressing headlines and watching the news (which is almost all negative all the time).

Life should be lived. It should be enjoyed and relished like a delicious scoop of decadent ice cream.

While you can’t play 100% of the time, there should definitely be fun in your life. It’s important to realize that fun means different things to different people. Not everyone considers the same things “fun.”

I can promise you this …

As long as God blesses me with this life and good health, I will do everything in my power to enjoy it. I will learn to surf. I will ride horses. I will swim in the ocean. I will laugh out loud. I will play.

I will have fun.

And so should you.

Have a blessed day.

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