Two weekends ago on a beautiful, sunny spring day, I took my camera and headed over to the Dilworth Park Fountains at Philadelphia's City Hall and had a blast taking photographs of all the children running through the fountains.
Even though I am not a parent; having children of my own, one of my greatest joys is to spend time surrounded by children because I am reminded of the importance of play.
Many years ago, I had the fortunate opportunity to teach a creative dramatics class for six weeks at a children's summer camp in Mount Dora, Florida. Their ages went from 4 1/2 to 13, and I have to say that my favorite age group were the 4 1/2 to 6-year old's. And do you want to know why? Well, because between those ages, children seem to have no inhibitions whatsoever; therefore, they abandoned themselves wholeheartedly to any of the acting exercises I gave them. They taught me more about acting than I taught them because I learned that to be a good actor, you have to be willing to be childlike; free of inhibitions, censorship and self-consciousness.
You have to be willing to literally play. So that's probably why they refer to stage acting as "a play."
Another thing I learned from those children was to use my imagination and never lose my sense of wonderment and curiosity.
If you ever want to learn about the freedom and joy of playing, just spend some time around children.
Because they'll teach you a lot!
"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child, there are seven million."
"Play is the highest form of research."
"We play as children because we are wired for joy. It is imperative as human beings."
"We try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning."
"A child has a special way of adding joy to every day."
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
"Keep your childlike wonder and enthusiasm alive for even the smallest pleasures and stay young within forever."
Have a childlike and playful weekend everyone!