So this week’s topic for The Theme Game is Play. Gosh, there are so many things I could write about, relating to play! Where to begin, what to focus on? Monkey and I play all the time. Then I had a different idea, I was inspired by a recent post by Laura at Yummy Mummy Flabby Tummy about her Gran. I’ve decided to write about play time with my Papa.
Please excuse the quality of this photo, it’s old and this is a photograph of it, taken on my phone. But I love this photo, it sums up summers full of play with my Papa when I was a little girl. I’m guessing that I was 5 or 6 at the time – so 1973-4. I can hear my Papa laughing now.
Papa and my Granny lived by the sea on the Kent coast, I used to go and stay with them when I was little. I loved it, I got to be centre of attention and was spoilt rotten. My Papa was a retired Vicar, he could be rather serious but he was wonderful with me.
I loved imaginary play with Papa. I don’t remember them having any toys there, so it was probably the only form of play available! Papa had a garden shed that had a split door like a stable. I have no idea why it was like that, but I loved that shed. We would play horses, I would herd Papa into his stable, shut the bottom door on him to keep him safe. Then I would proceed to ‘feed’ him. If he was very lucky I would let him out to take him for a ride.
Bless him, he would let me do this, over and over again. He was over 70 in this photo, but he’d play at being a horse for as long as I wanted, until Granny would call us in for lunch.
Happy memories of a wonderful man, my cherished Papa, my stallion of play time!