This Saturday is a day I’ve been looking forward to for months: I’m having my birthday party a month early (I’ll explain why) and we’re doing the same as we did last year, which is to hire an adult size bouncy castle. To say I’m a little excited is probably the understatement of the year century.
It got me thinking about the fact that I’ll never grow out of things that children love doing. I’m always a bit disappointed when ball pits and play parks are for children only, because all I want to do is get in there and play. And play HARD.
I LIKE the fact that I’m not childish (meaning immature) – I’m a reasonably grown up almost-45-year-old woman – but I haven’t let the inner child in me die.
And I have no intention of letting her die, either… she’s coming with me to the grave, sister.[My birthday party is a month early because we’re now doing joint birthday parties in the family instead of having one each because there are so many of us… Each month we celebrate all the birthdays that month at one party (we had about six or seven birthdays in March). My brother, one of my sisters and myself are all July, but my sister lives in Australia and as she’s over for a few weeks this was the only weekend we could all be together for it. Hence, a month early for me but only a week or so early for them.]
Anyway, the bouncy castle:
I thought I’d share a couple of pictures of me on the bouncy castle from last year with my great nephew. (Believe me, I think I was on it for more than he was: Those things are TIRING as you-know-what.) We have pictures of everyone in the family on it, even my 87-year-old dad who could only manage to sit on it while we jumped to make him bounce. He was laughing so much he just couldn’t stand up, not that the bouncy castle would have been stable enough for him to stand anyway.
Never let the inner child in you die
The bouncy castle was, without doubt, the MOST fun. I thoroughly recommend them for a party where you have children and adults of all ages. I defy any teenager to be too cool to go on one… The utter joy you experience is something you just can’t sit back and watch from the sidelines. You simply HAVE to get on it and bounce.
So think to yourself this weekend: When was the last time I let my inner child out? When was the last time you went on a slide, or jumped on bubble wrap to pop it, or let your husband pull you round by the arms as fast as he can on a shiny kitchen floor while you laugh uncontrollably?
(=ahem= maybe that last one’s just me)
I’m glad that I come from a family where no one has lost their inner child. A certain member of my family (they know who they are) always thinks the same as me when the see a really big box: Ooh I wonder if I can fit inside…?! That same family member did exactly that at their place of work and even managed to close the lid, giggling the whole time, when their boss walked in. They had to stay inside as silent as they could until he walked out again, because what do you do? Burst out like a birthday present?! I would have done exactly the same if presented with said box, the urge is just too strong.
This year THE Christmas present that just about everyone in the family got was a nerf gun (a big plastic “gun” that fires polystyrene darts). My memories of Christmas 2016 will be of getting blasted every time I went round a corner and the darts being all over the house. Remember, all of my nieces and nephews and their other halves are in their late teens or 20s, the small children are their children.
And what did I have to get Keith for his 47th birthday in April…? Yes, a nerf gun. 😆
My phone is full of face swaps and videos we’ve filmed on our phones with apps that make your voices go like chipmunks. Fancy dress will always be a riot because we like to see just how utterly ridiculous we can make ourselves look. I’ll always accept a challenge of “Race ya?!” in a wide open space.
I’ll never grow tired of things that make me laugh and make me happy.
Some people think it’s childish. I just think it’s called living life.
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