Play, happiness, celebration, traditions, Easter

Happy Easter – Don’t Forget To Do This!

Don’t forget to play, play, play. Last Easter we had an Easter egg hunt for adults. The adults all put in $50.00 per person for a jackpot that totaled $250.00.

I was the bunny and hid the eggs to the best of my ability. Of course, the golden egg needed to be the biggest challenge. As the adults scrambled around laughing, giggling, jumping up and down sweating away to the Easter egg challenge, I realized just how vital everyone looked.

A vital person vitalizes others. We need to play like this more often. I recalled the saying; families who play together stay together

According to, a recent German research project reported that unstructured play for children is astonishingly important for children to have social success as adults.  Social success equates to the ability to be able to adapt to changes.  Life is unpredictable.  We need to be able to adapt or we could drown in a depressive state of defeat.


Dating is so much fun because couples play together. My fiancée taught me to scuba dive, water ski, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, and to hike the Grand Canyon. I had to train for our vacations.

So, when my fiancée suddenly died in a plane crash (I was the sole survivor), I was devastated, alone, and doubting my ability to get through it. At the time of his death, I was in a state of transition. I had no job, a mangled body, and my children were leaving the nest.

I was spiraling downward in a deep state of “Why me?”

After my body healed, I decided to run a marathon. I joined with some girlfriends and the leukemia team in training. What a great way to grieve the loss. I was surrounded by good friends and creating new friends. We played together to raise money and train. I had to raise $3,000 dollars for leukemia and run a marathon.

If we focus on what is new and fun, we won’t be so focused on what was.  In my despair, I had forgotten what my fiancée had taught me.  He taught me the power of play.

Easter Playing Together

After we finished our Easter egg hunt, there was so much talk about next year’s event and perhaps increasing the jackpot amount. We took some family pictures with my daughter’s individual families and my new grand babies.

My daughter was quite affectionate towards her husband.  She leaned over and gave him a kiss.  I haven’t seen that in a while. I imagined focusing on play versus problems and how much richer our lives could be together as a family.

Imagine if we all focused on playing together with our spouses, family and friends. Couples and families need to pay attention to each other in order to stay together.

People don’t grow apart; they quite paying attention to each other. Playing together is certainly a fun way to pay attention to each other. This Easter Morning we are raring to go.  The hunt has begun.