The Wonder of Summer: Hula Hooping and More Fun, Post #33

When is the last time you truly had fun acting like a child? Yesterday, last week, last month…you can’t remember? Recently I experienced a fresh perspective on fun and child-like frivolity.

Mom and I were driving in the car when she proceeded to tell me that she spotted hula hoops in the Dollar Store the other day. She wondered if she could still hula hoop as well as she could years ago when I was a kid. Did she let her mind just wonder about the hula hoops? Oh no. Mom didn’t stop just thinking about it.  She said she grabbed one of the hula hoops and  tried it out in the middle of the store to see if she still could. We laughed and laughed as she recalled putting down her big ol’ purse in the Dollar Store aisle, not caring who was watching her, having fun trying to hula hoop.

Good for her. Shame on me for taking myself too seriously so many times.

A few days later, I was out shopping and spotted hula hoops. I did not drop my purse right there in the store and test her out, but I did purchase two hoops.  On my driveway at home,  I stepped into the bright yellow, plastic oval hoop, painted with fluorescent stars. I brought the hoop slowly to my waist, took a deep breath, stepped forward with my right foot, and spun the hoop to the right, causing the little beans inside the hoop to make their familiar, spinning sound (just hearing that sound made me smile). It lasted just a few rounds around my waist before it dropped to the ground. I giggled and picked the hoop up, trying again.  This time it spun long enough for me to even take a few steps, then fell. I snickered more.

By this time, my two beautiful and hip grandmother neighbors walked by. I posed a challenge and handed each one a hula hoop. They laughed and stepped in the hoops without hesitation.  The hoops spun, then fell. We giggled. Fun is contagious!

Sunday our cul-de-sac had a “Summer Kickoff Block Party.” I brought the hula hoops.  A few people tried hula hooping, snickering and telling us about how they used them as children all the time. Fun is contagious!

Let’s intentionally play like children sometimes. It’s good for us, for our souls. Let’s hula hoop; build sand castles; sing karaoke; catch fireflies in Mason jars and let them go; blow bubbles; play frisbee; add your fun here….

Reflect:

–What kind of child-like fun do you and your family have? Please comment.

–Who will you reach out to this week make fun contagious?

Renew: 

-“At the time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.'” –Matthew 11:25-26 NIV84

–“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'” –Matthew 18:1-4 NIV84

–“May the God of hope fill you with JOY and peace.” –Romans 15:13 NIV 84

Recharge:

–Let’s humble ourselves and trust like children. What will you do differently to be more child-like?

Resource:

–Hula Hooping is also healthy for you. “Hooping improves core strength, tones your stomach, arms, thighs and behind, is a low-impact, high-energy workout that can burn approximately 400 – 600 calories in an hour.” http://www.hulahooping.com/hoop-fitness.html

–Watch this amazing “Homespun Hoops” video from the Charleston International Film Festival. http://homespunhoops.com/media-2/videos/

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  1. Jon Stroud says:

    Love finding childhood everyday! Mostly music for me. I love to sing to songs from my youth loudly as I head from appt to appt. I never even look to see if I am spotted.

    What a great way to think, not as a child, but like a child, filled with Hope and wonder.

    Love your thoughts,

    Jon

  2. Carole King says:

    OK You’ve got me. I’m gonna go get me one today!!!

  3. onalee Avinger says:

    Another wonderful Blog!!! We sure did have fun trying to hula hoop!!!hahaha

  4. Kathy Moock says:

    This made me smile & giggle. I have to buy some now & challenge my friends & buy one for my granddaughter (she’s 3.5 so may be too young but maybe not). Thanks for your uplifting blog.

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