Be a kid again…

As a writer, in any corner of my office one can find a scrap of paper or even a pile of paper with scribblings and scrawlings of great quotes or others’ thoughts that moved me in some way.  Sorting through just such a stack of paper, I found an email that I printed and saved from 1998 (1998!).  Thirteen years later, I still have the email.  The author is unknown, but the thoughts may be just what you need today.  Without further adieu, here is “Be A Kid Again.”

Be A Kid Again

  • Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today
  • Dot all your i’s with smiley faces
  • Sing into your hairbrush
  • Grow a milk mustache
  • Read the funnies–throw the rest of the paper away
  • Dunk your cookies
  • Play a game where you make up the rules as you go along
  • Pretend your bread rolls are tap dancing
  • Step carefully over sidewalk cracks
  • Change into some play clothes
  • Have a staring contest with your cat
  • Eat ice cream for breakfast
  • Give someone a hug-around-the-neck
  • Blow the wrapper off a straw
  • Make a face the next time somebody tells you ‘no’
  • Watch tv in your pajamas
  • Ask “why?”…a lot.
  • Make graham-cracker-and-frosting sandwiches
  • Have someone read you a story
  • Eat dessert first
  • Wear your favorite shirt with your favorite pants, even if they don’t match
  • Do a cartwheel
  • Stay up past your bedtime
  • Whatever you’re doing, stop once in a while for recess
  • Make a “slurpy” sound with your straw when you get to the bottom of a milkshake
  • Play a song you like really loud, over and over
  • Find some pretty stones and save them
  • Let the string all the way out on your kite
  • Walk barefoot in wet grass
  • Make cool screeching noises every time you turn a corner
  • Count the colors in a rainbow
  • Fuss a little, then take a nap
  • Take a running jump over a big puddle
  • Eat dinner at the coffee table
  • Giggle a lot for no real reason
  • Stir ice-cream flavors together
  • Enjoy your all-time favorite candy bar without thinking of the calories
  • Wear a ball cap backwards
  • Go to the zoo
  • Throw something and when it lands make a cool exploding bomb noise
  • Put an orange slice in your mouth, peel side out, and smile at people
  • Try to eat all the chocolate off a peanut butter cup
  • Help your salt-and-pepper shakers talk to each other in high, squeaky voices
  • Remember to say your prayers
  • Squish some mud between your toes
  • Buy yourself a helium balloon
  • Eat peanut butter straight out of the jar
  • Make a smiley face with your bacon and eggs
  • Run through the sprinkler with all your clothes on
  • Lick all the ice cream out of an ice cream sandwich before you eat the sandwich part
  • Catch lightning bugs in a jar and make a lantern
  • Eat cereal any ol’ time of the day
  • Skip a stone across a pond
  • Spin the stem of an apple to see what letter it comes out on
  • Sing to yourself all day
  • Talk to your invisible friend
  • Color in your favorite coloring book with your really cool box of 144 crayons with the neato crayon sharpener
  • Finger-paint and make a really big mess
  • Get the giggles and laugh until it hurts
  • Stick your tongue out and sing “nah, nah, nah, nah, nah” to those jerks
  • Get up early just to watch Saturday morning cartoons
  • Eat food with your fingers
  • Find some matchbox cars and have a race–you push both cars
  • Avoid the opposite sex at all cost on account of “cooties”
  • Climb in and out the windows of cars, just like Dukes of Hazzard
  • Play dress up complete with costume jewelry, shoes that don’t fit, and an enormous hat that looks ridiculous; then go to lunch like that
  • Stick your head out the car window and moo if you see a cow

It might just be time to not take yourself so seriously.

photo by Chris Delgado

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