“Will you play with me Auntie Jill?”
Every time I hear those 7 sweet words from my 4-year-old nephew H, my heart melts.
It brings back memories of when my niece and nephew on my husband’s side used to ask the same thing, years ago. In my mind it was only last week, but in reality, there were two zeros in the year. Now, both of their ages are double digits, and “play” has turned into hanging out, talking, gaming on the iPad, going places, and laughing, which is so much fun and makes for some of my favorite memories. Definitely time well spent.
But there’s that childhood innocence in the word “play.”
And H still has it.
One of H’s characteristics that I have always admired the most is his love of play. Toys, action figures, puzzles, books, cars, Legos…in today’s technology-saturated world, he would much rather use his imagination and play with one of his father’s (my brother’s) old robots, rescue cars or original Star Wars figures. Playthings are strewn about, everywhere, and I would bet he has played with them all at some point in any given week. H’s little brother studies his example and is beginning to explore the toys with his own curiosity, but watching H and his imagination is a true delight.
And I am so thankful when he says those sweetest 7 words and wants to include me in his 4-year-old world.
My answer when H asks me to play with him is…
Yes, H. I will play with you, for as long as you let me. What would you like to play today?
Until next time,
Readers, what is a favorite memory with a young person in your life? Share if you’d like in the comments.