Before machines the only form of entertainment people really had was relationships. ~ Doug Coupland
Last weekend we took our girls to visit our cousins. It is so nice to get away from home for a couple of days. I find that when we do we are able to partly unplug (I will not lie to you, we bring our iPhones and iPads and definitely check email, but not nearly as often). We were able to leave work behind (mostly) and focus on family and fun.
What I found most delightful about the moments we shared as family was that it did not take much for us to have a good time. We did not need fancy movie theaters, shopping malls or video arcades. We were able to participate in simple activities together and have a lot of fun.
We walked in nature, collected seeds and cones, and enjoyed the fresh air. We went to a factory and watched food being made, and after we went to play miniature golf on a course in desperate need of refurbishment. We did not spend a lot of money, yet we did spend a lot of quality time together. We had a lot of fun!
I loved the reminder that families can engage in quality time without necessarily spending any money. Families can visit a park, ride bicycles, kick around a soccer ball, or take nature walks for little or no money… .yet the time invested in family relationships is invaluable.
Today, 111 days ’til 40, I am thankful of all the little magical moments my family has the pleasure of experiencing together.