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A few years ago, when my son was only 2 years old, I remember sitting at the park on a hot summer day. It was balmy outside, there was no shade to seek refuge under and all I wanted to do was go home and cool down. However, something stopped me.
I recalled a conversation I had with my pastor’s wife a few days earlier. I was on the phone with her complaining about how much time I spent at the park these days and she abruptly interrupted my conversation. She said, “Jilleen, you need to spend more time in the sand box.” I immediately thought “what?” I don’t play in the sandbox, my son does. But that was her point! I needed to get off the bench and into the sandbox with my son. He would only be little for so long and my sphere of influence would only last so many years.
Looking back on my own childhood, I appreciate the effect playground experiences had on who I ultimately became. I remember staying out till dusk playing with my friends on the swings and riding our bikes around and around at the park. As a child, the playground stimulated good conversation and created opportunities for community, imagination and true bravery. These crucial, formative experiences shaped my friends and I into thinkers, dreamers and leaders.
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