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A Story Teller
Be of Good Cheer
Believing is Seeing
Benefits of Play
Black Friday
Cabin Fever
Coffee Perks
Different, Yet Similar
Division More Fun Than Hiking
Forty and Pregnant
Happy Mother's Day
Home Canning
Happy Valentine's Day
It's a Miracle
"Just" a Housewife
Little Gem in the Woods
Marlboro Country
Missing Hiker
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
RMKK Year in Review
She's Having a Baby
Ten Sixty-Six
The Game of Life
The Otters Return to Glacier
The Wonder of it All
These Boots Are Made for Walking
Time is on My Side
You Get What You Expect
100 Years of Grandeur
The Benefits of Play

Marlene swingingWhile coloring the other day at a 4-H meeting, I realized how relaxed I felt. M, E, and I were helping out with the groupís Northwest Montana Fair float project, and I was outlining circles with various colors to simulate a crowd at a rodeo. Lately, Iíve been feeling rushed as everything seems to be screaming ďGet this done first!Ē It was a guilt free hour of respite from my usual routine.

As a woman, I do believe I get my share of play even though my kids accuse me otherwise. I can be found swinging at the playground, swooshing down waterslides, or playing in the snow in winter. An occasional game of badminton is fun and perhaps you saw me playing dodge ball out front a few weeks ago. To the chagrin of M & E, a game of peek-a-boo with a little boy recently occupied me while waiting in line to check out.

Laughter is the best medicine, exercise is the cheapest, and play restores us. I can attest that my concentration and focus are better when Iím playing avid hunter with my bow and arrows. Everyday cares are set aside and my full attention is on the target.

Hereís a list of some of the benefits of play:
  •  Stimulates the imagination and spurs creative thought
  •  Reduces stress and worry
  •  Induces a feeling of light heartedness
  •  Promotes positive emotional health
  •  Increases energy levels

Too often I have seen women who have refused to play. They sit on the sidelines and say no to driving go-carts, paddling canoes, or shooting guns. Perhaps they play in other games, but why not go for all the gusto you can get?

Play is good for us and may even increase our longevity. It is an essential factor in our well being. As the saying goes, our kids wonít remember if the floor was clean, but they will remember if you took the time to play.