As a native,well I must be honest a Wash Ashore, this time of year has me planning out my daily routine with adjustments for longer lines at the grocery store, traffic that makes left hand turns challenging, and a litany of routine activities that change during these months for those of us who live here to incorporate the hubbub of vacationers and their antics.
About this time in the season I love sitting in some public space watching people pass by and gauging the level of play everyone is incorporating into their activities during their one to two week reprieve from the work-a-day world.
After months of working at the office, at home, at school and dreaming about these seven to fourteen days "away from it all." I ponder if play is truly a part of the equation. Oh I can hear you saying, "Maggie what are you saying, of course play is part of the agenda!" Is it?
Ah there is the family of five - Mom, Dad, daughter and sons - in line at the mini-golf. It is definitely daughter's first time holding a golf club by the way she takes a swing and laughs. Dad is none too pleased, "Sarah be careful, you're going to hit someone." Sarah quiets and looks at anything else but the windmill in front of her.
Oh how cute, newlyweds on their first vacation on the Cape together, hand in hand. She's enthralled with all the shops of downtown Chatham. He's . . . bored. The beginnings of a fine marriage.
Of definition, play has many. Its origins come from the Middle Dutch word, pleien, which means to leap for joy, dance, rejoice, be glad. I wonder of the community walking by, in this sport of people watching, how many are rejoicing in their activities? Heck, are they even aware of what they are dong in their activities?
And here we are, back to awareness. Awareness, the foundation of actively living a life. As I continue this summer theme of "Doing" this month with - PLAY, I ask you to ponder in your vacation activities, are you aware of what you are doing? And more so, do you rejoice in what you do?
As I sit here, sipping a white whine, and writing my observation of others at play, I ask myself the same question I ask you . . . Am I at play? Yes, I'm people watch for material for this writing . . and,, most definitely, I am at play enjoying the wonders of the human beingand being alive.
Now, go play!!!