Never too old to play

First For Women - - Insight -

“My hus­band is de­ployed for months at a time, and it can be stress­ful to hold down the fort with two young kids. Dur­ing his last tour, my mom kept ask­ing if I’d come over and rake her leaves. She knew I was stretched to the limit, but she kept bad­ger­ing me, so I re­luc­tantly agreed.

“Ag­gra­vated and im­pa­tient, I ar­rived at her house and was sur­prised to hear peals of laugh­ter com­ing from the back­yard. I fol­lowed the sound and saw my 70-year-old mom and some neigh­bor­hood kids toss­ing leaves at one an­other. Their eyes danced with de­light and there wasn’t a rake in sight. It re­minded me of when I was small and Mom and I had our ‘leaf wars.’

“When Mom saw me, she said, ‘When life gets stress­ful, it can feel so good to rewind for a bit and just act like a kid again, don’t you think?’ Shak­ing my head, I picked up a bunch of leaves, laughed and joined in the fun.” —Kate Dona, 47, Bos­ton

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