Do you remember the phone call to set up a play date for your son or daughter with the new “best friend” at school? It was a simple call, sometimes last minute and sometimes planned but the purpose was the same, two kids getting together to play. So simple, so fun, so important, so what’s my point? Play dates should never end!
My good friend Patti Phillips text me Friday morning with a simple question. “What’s your day like today? I need a play date.” What a great invitation. My plan was to work all day but I knew if I really focused for the morning, I could get my work done and squeeze in a play date before my 3:30pm meeting. That simple invitation turned into a wonderful 2 hour walk and visit as we explored the Forks and Whittier park. We explored a path I had never been on before, walked along the rail line, looked at some funky homes in St. Boniface and saw the city from a whole new perspective. There were signs of spring everywhere and smiles on the faces of two friends who shared a play date. It was spontaneous, no plan, no expense just fun, exploring, sharing and living active.
I share this with you for a couple reasons.
1. We all need more play dates!
What do you love to do? Who do you love to hang out with? Send them a text, give them a call and set up your own play date. Focus on play, fun, activity and conversation. No need to get dressed up, no need to spend money, no need to plan just let it happen. Pick your meeting spot and play!
2. Even though we are all busy, there is always time for play.
I plan a lot of events with HMC that I know can’t fit everyone’s schedule. I always hear from members that they so wanted to come to an event but it didn’t fit their schedule. I want that event to inspire you to find a play date and go do it when it does fit your schedule. Sometimes you just need to make time. Play dates are a great way to refuel the soul so you can be the best you at everything else you do.
What are you waiting for? Who wants to go on a play date?