Raise your hand if you remember playing intense games of hide-and-go-seek as a kid? I can still see the grass stain on the skinned knees and smell the summer sweat.
The childhood contest is a rite of passage for kids. It’s the traditional go-to game for slumber parties, family reunions, and neighborhood barbecues. In our family, the seeking and chasing typically turned into a heated competition. We took that sprint towards the safety of home base very seriously.
Adults most likely won’t admit it but are secretly delighted when children ask them to play. It is a rare chance to delve back into the sweetness of childhood- a time when life was as simple as Ready or not, here I come!. Don’t believe me? Watch an adult play sometime. Be prepared to giggle. They pick hiding places that are much too small for them. It is if they have forgotten that the years between childhood and adulthood have added not just inches- but feet- to their frame.
Over here at A Girl and Her Band ™, we believe that you are never too old to join a game of hide-and-go-seek with the kids. The next time you see your kids mobilizing for a game, jump in there. It is likely to flood you with a rush of memories of your favorite hiding tree stump, the smell of a honeysuckle bush and the tip-toeing over grass and sticks that crack under foot.
Whether you get tagged out at home base anymore will be inconsequential. You are playing out of sheer fun and the best part? You will walk away feeling about five years younger from just having taken a joyful stroll down memory lane.
Oh, and don’t forget your lucky Band™! We’ve heard they are fantastic good luck charms for finding the best hiding spots on the block. Don’t whistle while you waitJ.