A Right to Play

Last night, my cohorts in my women’s group were talking about the busy-ness of this time of year.   How can we get ready to celebrate Christmas if we’re so bogged down with “gottas” and have little time for “wannas”?

I suggested booking time for ourselves on our schedules.  Even 15 minutes is useful.  A half hour is even better.  Listen to music.  Look at things and try for a new perspective.  Close your eyes.  Read.  Pray.  Knit.  Whatever makes you happy.  Whatever makes you loving.  Whatever makes the world a slightly better place.

Today, in the box I grabbed to put my packages for the cookie exchange, I found a small piece of prose.  Bruce Williamson wrote it.  I don’t know where else it was published and I hope I’m not breaking copyright protection.  I found it without the circled C at



Certificate of Lifetime Membership

By this certificate, know all that the holder of this Certificate
is a lifetime member in good standing in The Society of Childlike Persons
and is hereby and forever entitled to:

Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rainbows, smell flowers, blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sandcastles, watch the moon & stars come out, say hello to everyone, go barefoot, go on adventures, sing in the shower, have a merry heart, read children’s books, act silly, take bubble baths, get new sneakers, hold hands & hug & kiss, dance, fly kites, laugh & cry for the health of it, wonder around, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, feel happy, give up worry & guilt & shame, stay innocent, say yes, say no, say the magic words, ask lots of questions, ride bicycles, draw & paint, see things differently, fall down & get up again, talk with animals, look at the sky, trust the universe, stay up late, climb trees, take naps, do nothing, daydream, play with toys, play under the covers, have pillow fights, learn new stuff, get excited about everything, be a clown, enjoy having a body, listen to music, find out how things work, make up new rules, tell stories, save the world, make friends with the other kids on the block and do anything else that brings more happiness, celebration, relaxation, communication, health, love, joy, creativity, pleasure, abundance, grace, self esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity, passion, beauty, peace, and life energy to the above named member and to other humans & beings on this planet.


Further, the above named member is hereby officially authorized to frequent amusement parks, beaches, meadows, mountaintops, swimming pools, forests, playgrounds, picnic areas, summer camps, birthday parties, rodeos, circuses, cookie shops, ice cream parlors, theaters, aquariums, zoos, museums, planetariums, toy stores, festivals, & other places where children of all ages come to play and is encouraged to always remember the motto of The Society of Childlike Persons:

It’s Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood

And, is hereby and forever more appointed as:

Chairperson, Committee on Reminding Everyone That The Secret To The Game Of Life Is Fun.

Funny how that showed up, huh?

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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