Happy Birthday Papa

Play – The Theme Game

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.

PlayPlease 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!

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23 thoughts on “Play – The Theme Game

  1. How lovely, I do enjoy reading about people’s memories like this. Thank you for sharing with #TheThemeGame

  2. This is such a lovely post and lovely memories. We lived quite far from my grandparents growing up (one Grandma lived in oz and I only met her once) so I don’t have so many memories of playing with them. Thankfully though all of my Monkey’s grandparents are local and I hope he will be able to have this kind of memory to look back on! xx

    1. I only had one set that and they were a long way from us, way before the M25 was built, it would take hours to get there. But even so, we were very close. I feel for my Monkey as he only has my parents and they live in Spain. We Skype every week, but I’d love for him to have them on his doorstep like some of his buddies do.

  3. How lovely 🙂 I have wonderful memories of playing with my grandmothers, thank you for making me think about them xx #TheThemeGame

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