Many years ago Barbara Tober, the editor-in-chief of Brides magazine where I was an assistant editor, bestowed her wisdom on me. She reminded me to never stop being a child. At first, I didn't understand her sage advice but, as the years have gone by, her words still ring true. In fact, her words have served me well as an adult.
Summer, with its long days and focus on leisure, seems to bring the child out in all of us. Whether catching fireflies or camping in your backyard, the child resurges. For many of us lucky enough to live along the Sound or on a lake or river, water becomes our instant playground. While most of us know that water has the power to soothe a colicky baby and that it de-stresses us after a long day, we truly tap into our inner child with a simple and explosive splash into the pool or ocean or lake—with a cannonball! Even the most strident adult loses all decorum with a monumental plunge into the water!
My inner child took control a few weekends ago with good friends at their home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Their waterfront property instantly became the ultimate amusement park: kayaks for racing, a floating trampoline for graceful and not-so-graceful dives, and tubes to ride behind a powerful speedboat, battling its wake. Within minutes the adults and children alike were in the water. At the end of the day we were all exhausted but relaxed.
You see, water had worked its restorative power on all of us. It reminded us to laugh, to be silly and to just let go. That in itself is the magic that water bestows. So before summer's short spell is gone, let its magic take over. Give in to the ephemeral; give into the ethereal. Be an adult but be a child, too.
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