My Connections to Play

As a five year old in 1968 and an only child, I have many fond memories of playtime, both alone and with a few cousins and neighborhood girls. My best friends were my dolls, of which there were many, but Mrs. Beasley was my favorite. On most Saturdays I would have an elaborate tea party with tiny cheese sandwiches, cookies and chocolate milk. Mrs. Beasley was usually  seated on the porch swing smiling as I prepared the table with my tea set and the goodies that my grandmother had prepared. My poor grandfather had the honor of pulling the other doll guest up the walkway  in my wagon and wait patiently as I arranged each one around the table.

Thinking about those tea parties on the porch makes me realize why I love to host themed dinner parties and tend to be the one planning my girls weekend activities each month.

The type of play I engaged in as a child involved a great deal of imagination which was usually brought to life in a sense by my loving grandparents. The actually allowed me to scatter hay on the lawn and leave water and carrots outside for Santa’s reindeer. In my opinion today’s youth aren’t encourage to learn how creative they can be if they simply let their imaginations soar. 



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3 responses to “My Connections to Play

  1. amy stimac

    Our early play really does leave a lasting impression on us, and on how we act as adults today. i hope my own children can and do make lasting memories like yours.

  2. Your example of how early play led to the way you now behave as an adult shows how important play is, and why children need time to engage in play. My early years of play involved my friends and I playing together outside, jumping rope, playing street games, and of course playing with our dolls. I believe my play experience as a child encouraged what
    I am today. In my daughter’s early years, I always encouraged her to play. I wanted her to have the freedom to create, explore and express herself without being restricted. If she didn’t have any friends to play with, I always played with her.

  3. Adebisi

    I guess you really had a lot of fun when you a child.

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