Leave the Playing for the Kids

When I took my kids to a fast food restaurant last month, they wanted to play in the children’s play area. I really didn’t see any harm in it, since I used to do the same thing when I was a kid, so I let them play. They wanted me to follow them through the play area. The area was made for kids in mind, so a full sized adult like me would have trouble getting through it. While crawling around in the play area, my back started to hurt and I turned around. A chiropractor in Santa Maria would be my next destination after leaving the play area.

The chiropractor got quite a kick out of my story and told me that everything would be just fine. I just had a minor sprain that would heal eventually with a little rest. I definitely won’t be going through any more play areas with my kids. My body just isn’t fit to bend and crawl through such a tight space like it used to be. Maybe if I would start doing yoga like my wife is always telling me to do, I might be able to make it through the area, but I really don’t want to do that.

My back did get better, and when out with my kids again weeks later, they wanted to go to the same fast food restaurant and play in the play area. I told them that they could play again, but I would watch them from the outside while eating my fries. Sometimes I think about how simple my life was as a kid. I was certainly a lot more flexible, and didn’t have a care in the world. Of course, now I have more freedom to do whatever I want without asking for permission.