For the Love of Play

Children are hard to resist. Not only because they have the most charming smiles, but also because the look on their faces could be heartbreaking when someone had turned them down .

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Pok with his signature smile. (Albay Park and Wildlife)

Indeed, how could us, adults, refuse a simple request like playing with them? Playing is fun. And it could be a learning experience too, both for the adult and the kid. Not to mention that it increases the bond between the adult and the the child.

Besides, it won’t take much of our time knowing that playing, no matter how fun it could get, could also get exhausting.

Or, I’d rather have it this way: Time seems to stop when we are playing making us forget that play is indeed serious. Ayt? 😉

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We had to wait for the crowd to subside to have a solo picture with Mt. Mayon. (Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay)

That’s why when I was almost about to convince my visitor friends from Manila to just stay at home, one of them expressed her concern about getting the kid (yes a kid is with us) through a whole day of boredom just because their supposed “tour guide” didn’t feel like doing anything but spend the whole day in bed sleeping.

(I hope I won’t come across as selfish. There are just days that I get really, really lazy.)

Hence, I found myself squeezing Albay Park & Wildlife in the itinerary. Wildlife, as we locals call it, was the only child-friendly destination in Albay that I could think of at that time.

There we did things only kids do, which was play with abandon.

Here are some of our photos during our “playtime” from different tourist destinations in Albay, along with my favorite quotes about playing.

Child’s play is the exultation of the possible.

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That’s awesome, Pok! (Lignon Hill)

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.

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Time is a game played beautifully by children. (And kid’s at heart.)

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Playing with a camera effect. (Kurangon Islet in Tiwi, Albay)

No matter how dire the situation, how dangerous the environment,
children need to play.
Whether it is splashing in puddles or climbing on abandoned tanks,
their world of make believe is almost as important as food and shelter.

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In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior.
In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.

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Pok making a clay pot. (Tiwi Pottery)

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to
move beyond the bounds of reality.
A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet.
A small child can be a superhero.

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Thanks for that sweet smile, sweetie. I’m yours already. haha (Cagsawa Ruins)

Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives,
can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities,
and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world
where everyone is an equal and valued participant.

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The kid, the aunt and the aunt’s bf.
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Time for a group pic! (Kurangon Islet in Tiwi, Albay)

To a child, love is spelled T-I-M-E.

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Another beautiful mountain in the background. That is Mt. Malinao. (Kurangon Islet)
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The trio happily posing for a picture. Never mind the scorching heat of the sun. 😛

Thanks to my ever considerate friend and to my other visitor friends for tolerating the child’s tendencies. I thank the kid too for allowing us to share his world with us, and ours with his, even for just a brief time.

Till our next playtime!

This blog post was inspired by two of Steve McCurry’s blog entries Child’s Play and Power of Play.