This Easter, let’s pretend!

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For the sake of our children, let’s pretend.  Let’s pretend the Easter Bunny is real, and just for Easter Day, lets allow ourselves to pretend there is no Coronavirus.  We can do this for our children as well as for our own sanity.  If you haven’t gone to the land of pretend in a while, I beg you to give it a try.  In Latin it’s “praetendere” which translates to “stretch forth, claim.”  When we let go of the fear, our brain can think outside of the box, imagine and pretend. 

Hey, even Governor Whitmer of Michigan says the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny are essential workers so why not give pretending a try?

I am not a writer of poetry, however, a couple of years ago I felt compelled to write this poem about being a child at play.  I guess I needed to connect to the child in me.  This holiday, we can allow our children to be our teachers and take us back to the land of pretend.  Play is what we all need right now.

Just for today…by Barb Flis

Just for today let me be a child at play
Fresh from a dream filled sleep 

Waking up with a smile
Overflowing with a joy that is mine to keep

Just for today let me be a child at play
Persistently questioning all that I see

Taking nourishment in the wonder
Shameless about my curiosity

Just for today let me be a child at play
Fearless about opening my heart

Heaping love on to others
With an absence of malice if they depart

Just for today let me be a child at play
Where no rush hour ever exists

A giggle in between every word I speak
Demanding more laughter is what I’ll insist

Just for today let me be a child at play
And in exchange I guarantee

Play will be my nourishment
To make sure I never forsake that child in me.

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