the margin to play / by Carey

Back in October, before the horrible month of waiting for Nikon to return my broken camera to me, we enjoyed an afternoon in the backyard.  It is tempting to fill our days with scheduled activities.  Over thanksgiving I was asked when my kids would start piano lessons... and YES, this has been on my heart for six months.  I feel that music lessons are incredibly important for a multitude of reasons.  However, so far, we've indulged in more athletic endeavors... and that leaves less time... and TIME is the most important thing....

No matter what, we must retain margin so that we CAN spend a beautiful afternoon out playing.  JUST playing.

I fear that too many of us are swept away in the tide of activity... soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, running club, gymnastics, piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons, church groups, art lessons, the list runs on and on.  All of these are such wonderful things.  And yet, being involved in too much... stretched too thin... are we teaching our children that life is meant to be a constant blur of scheduled activity?  Constant stimulation?

Where do we leave room for the simple enjoyment of each other?


backyard play in fall by Carey Pace 2014

backyard play in fall by Carey Pace 2014

backyard play in fall by Carey Pace 2014

backyard play in fall by Carey Pace 2014

backyard play in fall by Carey Pace 2014

I shot these with my Nikon D800Sigma 35mm f1.4Nikon 85mm f1.8Nikon 50mm 1.4D