Play Time by Beth Webb Hart

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery:  He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life. 

~G.K. Chesterton

Kids at Charlestowne Landing last week.

Kids at Charlestowne Landing last week.

I think there is a kid in all of us.  Someone who still gets a kick out of play-time.  Peel back the layers of years, and you’ll usually find that kid who likes to romp in the woods, relishes a good game of hide and seek in an old rambling house, and – when the opportunity presents itself- smiles eagerly at a blank sheet of paper and a fresh box of crayons.

My kids keep me playing.  With their company, I still enjoy my favorite childhood games like pretend play, Legos, Tinker Toys and dolls.  I also like to climb a good magnolia tree – is there a better climbing tree in all the world? – and I adore riding bikes…fast!

As for adult fun, I like nice long walks with my husband.  It’s a

Sunset harbor cruise.

Sunset harbor cruise.

particularly fun night if we can go somewhere by foot or by boat.  We live in the city so it’s easy to walk to a restaurant, and now that the foodie scene has exploded in Charleston, we have a zillion amazing places to choose from.  We also like to put our boat in at a little landing in town and ride over to pick our friends up on a dock in Mt. Pleasant or James Island.

 
Sunset harbor cruise.

This usually involves a picnic on the boat, a sunset, and conversations that range from silly to esoteric.  Last year our group of closest friends rented a yacht for the evening, and we all took a sunset harbor

Dinner out.

Dinner out.

cruise.  It was our own little spring fling, and we had a blast as we donned our nautical best and each brought our favorite appetizer and bottle of wine.

This group, mostly formed from a Bible study that started years ago have sort of become the folks we “do life” with.  We’ve helped one another through many an up and down, and we love to break bread together and have a happy time.  Thankfully, there are several organizer types in the crew, and so every few months one throws out an idea to get the gang together for something different and fun – a fall bonfire under the stars, a black tie winter affair, a summer backyard barbeque.

There is something meaningful about breaking bread together.  And if can be outside, near the water, then it’s downright magical.  Other than playing with my kids and taking a trip with my husband to a new place (I do LOVE to travel), that’s my idea of a fantastically good time!

Adults and kids.  Best of both worlds.

Adults and kids. Best of both worlds.

 

For more info. on Beth Webb Hart’s novels which include many a meal and boat ride go to www.bethwebbhart.com

 

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  1. Lisa Wingate says

    “I think there is a kid in all of us. Someone who still gets a kick out of play-time. Peel back the layers of years, and you’ll usually find that kid who likes to romp in the woods, relishes a good game of hide and seek in an old rambling house, and – when the opportunity presents itself- smiles eagerly at a blank sheet of paper and a fresh box of crayons.”

    Yes, yes, yes! You are so wise to realize this, Beth! And what a blessing to have a group of friends do “do life” with. It’s too easy to get caught up in kids’ activities and forget to maintain a play group of your own ;o)

  2. Rachel Hauck says

    BW, I love this! Girl, you all know how to play! A yacht, dinner, wine, friends… What a great idea!

    It’s so true those we fellowship with in the Spirit, Bible Study, prayer meetings, end up being the ones we fellowship in the natural.

    I’ve said this before but a friend of ours told someone once, “You want to get to know Tony and Rachel, show up at the prayer meetings.” TRUE! LOL.

    Love your wisdom and heart!

    Rachel

  3. says

    Late to the porch today, BW, but as always, I enjoyed your post. The thread of just down time with those you love. Yes! The older I get, the more I realize how special those “play dates” really are. Blessings~

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