What Does It Mean To Be
A People of  Play?

We all are playing.

Playing it up, playing it down, trying to play fair.

Playing for keeps, playing favorites, playing it safe,

sometimes too safe.

He plays hardball; They’re playing house; I’m playing it by ear,

or at least learning to play it by ear.

She’s tired of playing second fiddle; He’s playing right into their hands.

Please God, can’t we all just throw out the playbook and start again?

Sometimes we’re just played out; it’s not always bad to play possum.

And what about playing with fire?

Let’s hope so friends.

Don’t you want to feel again that burning within,

and let it loose?

Welcome to the month of play. May we all take it seriously!

– Courtesy of Soul Matters Sharing Circle  a UU theme-based ministry program

Spiritual Exercises

Go on a Play Date

This is another way to actually play rather than just talk about it all month: Ask your partner or friend to go on a “play date.” What makes up that play date is up to you. That’s half the fun! And half the exploration. By deciding together what to do, you might discover something entirely new about how your partner or friend defines play and fun.

While you need to figure it out for yourself, here are some ideas to spark your imagination: Get lost on purpose, axe throwing, a mini road trip, giving paddle boarding a try, hit the golf driving range, fly a kite, play cornhole, mini golf or better yet frisbee golf. Or maybe make it a double or triple play date and invite over other couples to play The Newlywed or Best Friend Game.


Questions for Reflection

  1. What makes something play for you? When you feel free from the burden of producing an outcome? When creativity is involved? When you lose time? When you can just be yourself? All of the above? Something else?
  2. What forms of childhood play have lasted into your adulthood? What has enabled that? What makes you especially grateful for it?
  3. What did you learn from the games you played as a child? Monopoly, King of the Hill and Dodge Ball certainly instill different lessons than Red Light; Green Light, Clue, Jump-Rope, Pictionary or Hopscotch. What lessons from your favorite childhood games do you notice “playing out” for you in the present?
  4. What is the opposite of play?
  5. Can worship be play?
  6. Can play lead to transcendence?
  7. Can play be a form of political resistance?

What is your question?

Giraffe Laugh

Providing early childhood
education and nurturing
to 200 Treasure Valley
children daily.

In 1989 Giraffe Laugh opened in Hyde Park as a non-profit, drop-in, childcare center. Here we provided respite care to parents who needed it for mental health reasons, drop-in care for parents who volunteered in the community, and drop-in options for parents searching for jobs or housing if they were homeless. No permanent care was available when Giraffe Laugh first opened which slowly changed when it was obvious children were bonding and had to leave the program once their parents needed more permanent care.

In 1992 Giraffe Laugh became a full-time non-profit preschool for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. We began ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures on a permanent daily basis.

In 1995 Goodies bought the building and Giraffe Laugh relocated to 901 Resseguie and increased services by 20%.

In 2005 Giraffe Laugh partnered with the City of Boise to provide care to homeless children from the shelters near Grand Ave. Giraffe Laugh 2 now serves more than 60 children including homeless and foster children and the general public.

In 2014 Giraffe Laugh ran a pilot Summer program at the Marian Pritchett Campus to close the summer learning gap. The program now serves over 30 Treasure Valley, school-age children.

In 2015 Giraffe Laugh opened another center to serve 75 of the 550 children on its waiting list in need of quality, affordable childcare and preschool opportunities.

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