The Play’s the Thing

The Play’s the Thing

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice 20th Anniversary Edition

The Play’s the Thing

It is a happy talent to know how to play.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forgive me, Lord,

for all the tasks

that went undone today.

But this morning when my child

toddled in and said, “Mommy play?”

I simply had to say yes.

And between the puzzles and trucks

and blocks and dolls and old hats and

books and giggles,

we shared a thousand special thoughts,

a hundred hopes and dreams and hugs.

And tonight, when prayer time came

and he folded his hands and softly whispered,

“Thank you, God, for Mommy and Daddy and

toys and French fries, but ’specially

for Mommy playing,”

I knew it was a day well wasted.

And I knew You’d understand.

~Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

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