The surprising moment I reignited my childhood wonder

They both raced off ahead,
Amidst squeals of pure delight.
I wandered happily behind,
Draped in glorious Winter sunlight.

It’s warmth caressed my skin,
A contrast to the breeze.
The Winter chill most evident,
In the shadow of the trees.

Tree shadow shape

I wrapped my arms around,
An attempt to block the cold.
Heading for the park bench,
To watch their fun unfold.

They ran, they climbed they swung,
Two kids in all their glory.
My Mumma heart now swooned,
As we added to our story.


Park Bench

The wind was picking up,
Roaring through the trees.
I scanned the park quite rapidly,
In the hope of a warm reprieve.

My shining knight appeared,
Glistening in the sun.
Basking in the glory,
I knew this was the one.

As my teeth began to chatter,
My hand reached out to touch
Oh yes my metal lovely,
You just confirmed my hunch.

I scrambled up the play gym,
I sat there legs outstretched.
Oh the simple pleasure
The warmth radiating up my legs.

Ready to slide

The kids came hurtling over,
Their Mum was on the slide.
They both squeezed in behind me,
All prepared to enjoy the ride.

I savoured the anticipation,
Felt the tickle of their embrace.
I glanced quickly over my shoulder,
Capturing the smiles upon their face.

In that sweet, delicious moment,
As we slipped along the slide.
The three of us together,
My body burst apart with pride.

We played a little longer,
The chill had now departed.
My heart glowing like a furnace,
Childhood wonder now reignited.
When was the last time you played like a child?

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About Karen Main

Karen Main is a Life Coach supporting highly capable people to get their groove on, by listening to their intuitive song and ignoring the ‘shoulds’, ‘musts' and 'have tos' as they dance through life with choice.
For anyone caught up in busyness and drowning in overwhelm she has a simple message - you do not have to do it all.


  1. This made my heart smile! As a mother of three I know the feelings you’re writing about. Such a great feeling! So nicely said.
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  2. When my kids were growing up I was very focused on being a good mom and I didn’t always play when I could. Now that they are grown and have turned out so darned well, I am as giddy as a school girl and I grab some silly every day.
    Your kids will remember this moment forever. Glad you had fun.
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  3. Beautiful. It’s time to take the kids to the park again! We’ll wait til the afternoon or evening, though. Slides would be too hot right now!
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  4. It’s been awhile….but your beautiful poem brought it all back to life! Now if I can just find a playground with a slide….I’ll be set!! Oh! Almost forgot….loving them shoes!

  5. Today! With bubbles.
    I’ve heard it was very cold for you. Which is funny because when we were in winter, I remember you talking about summer. And now it’s vice versa.
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  6. Fun poem and a great story. So glad to see your cold day was warmed by things involving the heart. There’s nothing like living in the moment to get you appreciating the little things.
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  7. Absolutely beautiful! Now I want to go play. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
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  8. Glistening in the sun! Nothing better than that. :) We have so much to learn from our kids.
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  9. I love swinging at the playground! Unfortunately, the kids want me to push them, so i don’t get to do it often. Occasionally I can swing with one of them on my lap, but that’s a bit awkward and you can’t go as high.
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