When I was little we didn’t have “play dates”. Nothing was ever organized; at some point most days my mother just said “go play outside”. It seems like every mother and father said the same thing to their kids because there always seems to be kids out and about. We banded together to play all sorts of games and wander all over.
These days if you want to have fun with the kids in your neighborhood, you have to set up a play date. Last weekend we had a few folks over to celebrate YA’s graduation from her MBA program. She wanted the festivities but was extremely opinionated about what she would allow. For example, no theme plates/napkins/cups, etc. Luckily I had already ordered the graduation cupcake liners and decorative picks. She also didn’t want a whole lot of décor but did agree that I could put a chalk message on the sidewalk.
Nobody love using chalk more than the little girls who live next door so I asked their mother if they could come over on Saturday morning to help decorate. She said “what time” and when I said that around 10 would be good, she put it in her phone. I had a playdate!
We ended up with parents helping and another little girl from up the street came down to join us as well. It was my first “gathering” in over a year and even though it was just chalk on the sidewalk, I had a fabulous time. I’m thinking I should set up more playdates now!
What would you like included in your next play date?