Play Time

A very dear friend of mine turned 90 this month.  What a special treat for me to make the waltz across Texas to the shores of Lake Livingston for the celebration.

I’ve seen pictures of the annual 4th of July Golf Cart Parade there.  What I just learned was that my friend Frances was responsible for it.  She told me about these three little girls who told her, one rainy, muddy 4th of July morning, they wanted to have a parade.

Now, I’m a sensible person.  I would have explained to the girls why it wasn’t a good idea that day.  But not Frances.  She told them it was a great idea, that they should go around the lake inviting everyone to show up on golf carts at 3:00 at her house, and they’d have that parade.  That year it was the three little girls and my friend.  Ten years later it’s a big to do, decorated carts, full participation.

I took a lesson from her.  (Another lesson.  She’s been teaching me all my life!)  Last week the kids visiting my house played dress-up, jail-break, tea-party, and we made moon boots with foam blocks and rubber bands.

Plenty of time for work.  Sometimes we just need to play.


8 Responses to “Play Time”

  1. Sharon says:

    love those sweet feet!!

  2. Michelle says:

    LOVE the parade story. She sounds like a wise woman. 🙂

  3. Sandy says:

    Oh so wise! Everyone loves her!!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Love this picture! And what a lesson…thanks for sharing. I especially needed to be encouraged to play today.:)

  5. Sandy says:

    I love the photo too. It’s our little Luke. We gathered the window-protecting foam blocks at one of our construction sites just down the road, and Lizzie had the idea to attach them to the shoes. Happy times!

  6. You sure know how to describe Frances as you are a wonderful writer
    I am proud to have been her little sister all of these years. I would have loved to have been at her birthday party and I am so glad that you got to go to be with her. I appreciated all of the Caltons that got to go. Frances hasn’t come down from the clouds yet. She will always be young at heart.

  7. Sandy says:

    Delighted to hear this, Virginia.
    We were all thrilled to spend this birthday with her!

  8. micah says:

    What fun!!!! B e ing surrounded by these precious children they give you plenty of reminders but they want to play! I need to say yes more often!

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