Photographing our youngest son is my favorite activity. I click away as he is lost in an imaginary world and remember Plato's famous words... "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." I have discovered his intense love of all things outdoors, the sincerity of his smile, and the unguarded innocence of a person not yet self-conscious about being photographed.
The poem below is called "Just Playing." It was written by an unknown author and has been a favorite of mine for years. I hope you enjoy the sentiment and the featured photograph by Angie JJD. I love how she captured the constant movement and focus of a child at play.
When I’m building in the block room, please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.
For you see, I’m learning as I play about balances and shapes.
Who knows, I may be an architect some day.
When I’m getting all dressed up; setting the table, caring for the babies,
Don’t get the idea that I’m "Just Playing".
For, you see, I’m learning as I play; I may be a mother or father some day.
When you see me sitting in a chair, reading to an imaginary audience.
Please don’t laugh and think that I’m "Just Playing."
For, you see, I’m learning as I play; I may be a teacher someday.
When you see me combing the bushes for bugs,
Or packing my pockets with choice things I find; don’t pass it off as “Just Play.”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play; I may be a scientist someday.
When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some “plaything” at my school,
Please don’t feel the time is wasted. For, you see, I’m learning as I play.
I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate. I may be in business some day.
When you see me cooking or tasting foods,
Please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is “Just Play.”
I’m learning to follow directions and see differences. I may be a cook someday.
When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body;
Please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.” For, you see, I’m learning as I play;
I’m learning how my body works. I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.
When you asked me, what I’ve done at school today,
And I say “I just played”; please don’t misunderstand me.
For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work;
I’m preparing for tomorrow. Today, I am a child and my work is play.
Take some time today to embrace your inner-child and spend some time playing. Now tell me...what are you going to do?
tammy lee of bliss and folly
255/365 M is for Motion by Angie JJD