Friday, 12 July 2013

The small miracle of emergency fun

A young couple was sitting in the kitchen, working on their budget as their two young boys played near them. They were discussing their emergency fund, when the three-year-old piped up, "I want that! I want some of that emergency fun!"

Now, there's a concept.

I've never been good at fun. My mother taught me to finish all my work before I had fun, which is an excellent Protestant work ethic principal. It's how I was brought up.

The problem comes with people like me, who never get the work finished. Never. With a demanding full-time job, a second writing career, a house and a husband, there's always something to be done. Preparing items for work, an article to write, a load of laundry-- it's always there. Fun often has to wait. Indefinitely.

But if I had a list of emergency fun things, how cool would that be? I think emergency fun has certain characteristics. The cost should be minimal, and it should be accomplished with a nominal amount of planning. Exhausted? Had a really rough week? Pull out some emergency fun and have at it.

So I made the beginnings of an emergency fun list. I'm sure I will add to it, and I bet my list is different from yours. We have this in common--we need fun in our lives, and sometimes we neglect it.

Ann's Emergency Fun List

(These are not in any order of priority)

1) Time with my granddaughter. She makes me laugh, and she gives wonderful hugs.

 2) Bubbles- I love blowing bubbles. I need to have a really interesting bubble wand on hand at all times.

3) On the bubble theme, there is nothing funnier than putting bubbles from the bath on the top of Bailey's nose, and watching him try to get them off.

4) Go for a walk. Being in nature almost always restores my soul.

5) Exploring. Although I hate shopping, exploring interesting little stores (possibly without buying anything, or very little) is delightful.

6) Cemeteries. I LOVE walking through old cemeteries. It's like participating in history.

7) Read a book, especially one of my favourite authors.

8) A hot bath.

9) Watching a really good movie while snuggled into bed.

10) Sitting and talking together about things that matter. making plans. Dreaming dreams.

"A merry heart does good like a medicine." Prov. 17:22 So pull out your emergency fun and start laughing.

What's on your list?

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