This is Lalo.
And this is Lalo.
Thankfully, kids are tiny factories of fun. They churn out fun ideas day and night. And Lalo is the Rockefeller of Fun. He helps me remember, in a big way, some of the rules for living a fun life.
2. Nothing is fun when you are tired.
Last year Lalo had red hair for Halloween. The next day he wanted to keep it red for preschool. But as you can see, he was too tired from the night before to enjoy anything, not even hair the color of fire!
What’s the lesson for me? Sleep, lady, sleep. I’m not an emergency room doctor or a firefighter. Everything in my job can wait until tomorrow. Just turn out the light and let it go.
What’s the lesson for me? Lighten up, already. You wouldn’t know it by looking, but I really love a clean car. Yet here are a few things you’ll find in the back seat: Some old socks full of sand, a collection of acorns, some smelly twigs we found rotting in the creek behind Grandma’s house, and some old grass that Lalo’s stuffed horse really wanted as a snack. It’s not a clean car, but it’s a fun car.
4. Fun is more fun when you share it with someone.
Lalo will play happily on his bed, with his trash/toys for hours. But when I come up and ask him if he wants some company, he will beam.
Lesson for me? Join in the fun! It’s such a small thing, to give of yourself. It’s a moment; it’s a “yes” instead of a “no”; it’s a pause instead of a rush past. That’s it. If I want fun, I have to let go of what I want to do, and instead listen to the tug of a small boy.
5. No matter how you slice it, chores aren’t fun.
Okay, before you decide that I’ve invented this wonderful, cheerful, fun-loving boy who never does anything wrong, let me assure you, Lalo has his faults. He does not like to clean up. I put on music or make it a game or speak in an extremely convincing “fun” tone of voice, but Lalo is not fooled. No way, lady. Dishes aren’t fun.
What’s the lesson for me? Not everything in life is going to be fun. Don’t get discouraged. Some days are really fun. Some days are really terrible. Most days are mind-numbingly in the middle. But as I listen to Lalo and follow his lead, I see fun coming into my life, like the shaft of afternoon sunlight that streams through my window. It’s small but intense, and it’s enough to warm up the entire room.
QUESTION: What do your kids teach you about living a fun life?
CHALLENGE: Write down three ways your children make your life more fun. Share the list with them.