Yup. That’s me, playing, “Hide and Seek” in the pool locker room this morning. Couldn’t resist. Two little girls had been hiding and finding each other as their mothers pretended to knock on all the doors in search for them. The longer I watched, the more that I wanted to play, too. Finally, I said, “Hey you guys, can I play, too?” They both looked at me with wide eyes and open mouths. Neither spoke. They just stared. Finally one said, “You’re way, too big.” I love a challenge.
“Well, let’s see,” I said, stepping inside.
“She fits!” the littlest one squealed with delight.
Unfortunately, I rather filled the space and couldn’t close the door behind me. As I pondered what to do next, one of the mothers kindly said, “Go ahead. I’ll close the door for you.”
As soon as it shut, one of the girls said in a voice that mimicked her mother, “Where’s the old lady?”
The other one chimed in, “Where’s the OLD, OLD lady?”
Both squealed and giggled upon opening my locker door.
“Found you,” they said in chorus.
I giggled, too. It is just as much fun hiding as it is being found. In all the trials and travails of aging, it never hurts to be silly now and then. Here is to you finding your ‘inner kid’ today.