Some summer fun

Beaming a smile while staying icy cool on a hot day, Aliah Mendiola uses a bag of ice for making homemade ice cream to stifle temperatures near 100 degrees.  The ice-cream making was part of a kid’s activity day at the YMCA that included hulu hoops, paper airplane design and playing gaga ball.

Beaming a smile while staying icy cool on a hot day, Aliah Mendiola uses a bag of ice for making homemade ice cream to stifle temperatures near 100 degrees. The ice-cream making was part of a kid’s activity day at the YMCA that included hulu hoops, paper airplane design and playing gaga ball. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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“And she’ll have fun, fun, fun

’til her daddy takes the T-bird away ...



Now that I’ve got that Beach Boys’ song stuck in your head, let’s think a moment about having fun.

It used to be easier when we adults were kids, particularly in summertime.

When school was out, there were days full of running, swimming, biking or maybe playing in the park with friends.

Of course that’s still the case for most youths enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days.

At the YMCA recently, smiles and laughter accompanied sessions of gaga ball (an Israeli game similar to dodge ball), hula-hoop twirling and churning up some ice cream.

But happy and joyful can be states of mind during all seasons, at all ages.

Taking off on a scantily adorned motorcycle is a source of amusement for some; reading a good “beach book” under a shady tree can bring enjoyment to others.

And getting together with friends and family often lifts moods for all generations.

Some lucky souls even have fun at work and supposedly are healthier and more productive for it.

But whatever takes us higher, experts advise us to do it more often.

Australian author and songwriter Bronnie Ware, who spent several years caring for dying people in their homes, has published that a common regret is, “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”

They pretended for too long to be content because of old patterns, habits and fear of change.

“When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again,” she wrote.

Sounds like there’s no time to waste.

“Put your glad rags on and join me hon

We’ll have some fun when the clock strikes one ...”

— Bill Haley & His Comets

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