Monday, August 10, 2009

Fun, What Is It?

Fun: pleasure and amusement//gaiety, playfulness.

I was pondering about what fun means to different people. The thoughts were triggered this past weekend when we went to Branson and Silver Dollar City with some of our kids. Ken and I are now in our seventies. Ken has a bum knee which hurts all the time and his foot was cramping. I've got a stubborn heel which needs to heal. Then this weekend my right hip was not happy.

So, in 90 degree weather climbing up and down the hills of Silver Dollar City and experiencing the emotion of pleasure is worth pondering. Grant it, we were sitting down every chance we got to watch others do what they consider having fun.

When one is young, fun, often is when someone gives you something. You don't have to need it, you just want it and it gives temporary pleasure.....or even momentary pleasure. Then the standard aftermath is boredom.

By the teen years, fun can be the daring things you have and do with your peers.
When you're a parent, fun is watching your little ones display happiness. Of course, it can be many other things as well.
But when you are old, fun becomes the act of watching others have fun. But it is more than that. It is reminiscing on memories of the good ole days .... the expensive toys such as an antique car ... eating the foods you would never dare eat at home because you know they are not healthy. And fun is just being around those you love. Fun is about enjoying God's creation ... His beauty ... His love .... His peace. Those are the attributes that produce gaiety and we certainly had a wonderful weekend being playful and having fun filled with amusement. So a hot weekend in Branson is Fun!

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