Sunday, August 24, 2008

Adults At Play

Although I live in a small town....a rural community, far away from busy highways and cities, there are many opportunities to PLAY. In fact, I believe my husband and I enjoy more fun-filled activities in our quaint community than we would if we lived in a large urban area.

The latest of our PLAY opportunities is to be part of a large Murder Mystery Dinner evening at our local hotel, The Penn Wells, on September 7th. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness, as well as some funds for Haven, our local domestic violence protection organization. We are part of the planning committee and will be playing parts in a 1920's based mystery. I will be Madame MeMe and my husband will be Don Wannabe.

Earlier today we met with a roomful of other community players working out the logistical details for the evening. As I looked around the table at the players involved, I laughed to myself. These folks are all respected community members coming from various areas of expertise and backgrounds. They are lawyers, doctors, business owners, counselors and educators to name a few. If one was listening in and could not tell the stage of life of the "players" they would probably think it was a bunch of 10 year olds planning a play to be presented in somebodies garage. It was the energy, the playful attitudes, the creativity, the made up voices, talk of costumes and the witty ad libs that one would typically associate with children at play.

The wonderful thing about this event is that it is happening because so many of us are open, willing and ready to play. We make our own fun....just like kids on a rainy Sunday afternoon. We are not complaining that it is a five hour drive to New York City.We are creatively creating a project where we can dress up, play a character, raise awareness and funds for a great cause and enjoy a wonderful evening.

Afterwards, we will drive the two minute drive home from downtown Wellsboro, turn onto our peaceful streets, come into our warm inviting homes, and will reflect on a wonderful evening of play.

Eventually our thoughts will turn to the next "fun thing" we can create. I have no idea what it may be, but what I do know is, that our adult play....just like child's play, will be joy-filled.

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