Yesterday I did something I haven’t done since I was nine. I jumped in an enormous puddle. This story would be better with photos, I know. Alas, I have none.
Shiva and I were walking along, she sniffing the snowbanks and me carefully stepping around the puddles that had liquified the sidewalks. I got distracted by something and accidentally stepped in one. My initial reaction was to cringe. I pulled my foot out and waited for the inevitable feeling of soaking wet sock. It never came. Looking down, I remembered something. I was wearing rubber boots! So I took another tentative step into the puddle. Still no disgusting cold feeling.
Naturally I spent the rest of the walk splashing through every puddle we came across. Even going out of my way to find some extra big ones. My favourites were the deep pools of water formed beside each curb. For thirty minutes I revelled in my city’s poor drainage system. It felt like such an indulgence.
However, I am a little miffed today. Apparently yesterday was National Chocolate Cake Day and no one thought to inform me. Some friends I have. Sheesh. I feel like a kid who slept through her birthday.
So in order to make up for such a tragic loss, I am going to dedicate today to eating and drinking whatever I want. Today, I am going to find that inner child deep inside and let her out. I am going to splash in puddles, slide across the laminate floors in my socks, jump around with my dog, and put my hair in pig tails. I hereby declare January 28 to be National Act Like a Kid Day.
For the rest of the day I am not going to think about bills that need to be paid. I am not going to worry about the future. Instead, I will blow bubbles in my milk and play hide-and-go-seek. Instead of complaining about the weather, I will catch snowflakes on my tongue. I am not going to stress about the fact I forgot to put the compost out this morning. I am not going to do the laundry that is piling up or organise the files in the office.
Today is all about shaking off my adult-self. Just for a moment. Just for a second. I’ll be serious again tomorrow. But today, I am just going to dance.