Sunday, January 06, 2008

Just Playing

My entry to PMN's Fam Pics this month would be photos and excerpts of the poem "Just Playing" by Anita Wadley.

Let the lines of the poem and the pictures speak for itself. You can read the rest of poem here.

When you see me sitting in a chair “reading” to an imaginary audience, please don’t laugh and think I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a teacher someday.

When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is “just play”. I’m learning to follow direction and see differences. I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body, please don’t say I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning how my body works. I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I’ve done at school today, and I say, “I just played”, please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. I’m preparing for tomorrow. Today, I am a child and my work is play.


raqgold said...

it is great to see our little girls playing big girls :D

MHALOU said...

yep, it's like seeing ourselves in them :-)

Heart of Rachel said...

Wonderful photos and lovely poem. Nice to see your daughter enjoying her carefree world.

ScroochChronicles said...

children are at their best when they are having fun..and your pics show that :)

MHALOU said...

@ rachel & cookie - our children are only children once so i let my daughter enjoy her childhood to the fullest...thanks for dropping by mommies ;-)

ruth said...

oo nga naman. for kids, play is not "just play"; it's an avenue for learning.

here via PMN. :)

- Ruth

MHALOU said...

hi ruth, i totally agree with you and without us knowing, it's like they're carving their future while playing.

feng said...

a very enlightening poem! love it. and the photos, oh, they sure depict true happiness. :)