It's Your Day to Goof Off!

National Goof Off Day is March 22. Here is a huge list of fun and crazy ways you & your family can celebrate. This is my new favorite holiday. Smile

  • Build a "hide out" in the living room. Take sheet from the linen closet and drape it over several down-turned chairs, leaving an opening for the door. Put fun things inside: books to read, snacks, games, pillows, music. Now, goof off with the kids.
  • Play games. Blow up balloons. Blow soap bubbles.
  • Take in a movie with the kids. Some of those kiddie movies are really neat for the adults, too.
  • Go fly a kite!
  • Turn on the TV and take turns selecting the programs you and the kids are going to goof-off watching. Eat pizza, popcorn, and candy, and drink pop. Hey, it's just for one day. Don't worry about it.
  • Purchase a large puzzle and see how many pieces you and the kids can put together before Dad gets home.
  • Rent a day's worth of videos. Recline and enjoy.
  • Invite a friend over and play scrabble, drink coffee, gossip, and eat pizza while the kids watch their favorite videos.
  • Do take some time for the mommy in the house. That's you I'm talking about. Everybody needs a little time to himself. Get a baby-sitter and go to the mall or to a movie. Take the kids to Daycare, buy a good book and curl up on the bed for a day of rest and relaxation, and don't feel guilty about doing it either. Remember - today it's legal.
  • Fill the tub with nice warm water and soothing bubble bath. Light a couple of scented candles and relax.
  • Put your hand in that Piggy Bank and get out just enough money for a massage or a manicure. You could even go to the mall and get a free facial at one of the makeup counters. Oh heck! Goof off; get one at every makeup counter.

Whatever you do today - DON"T
Cook - Wash - Vacuum - Dust - or Scrub! It's not legal!

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down. Don't dance so fast.
Time is short The music won't last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask "How are you?"
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last

Ever told your child
We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift - thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

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About the author: Judy Hand is retired school teacher and retired co-publisher of a shopper/newspaper. She loves being at home with her cowboy husband on their TN Walking Horse farm. They have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 40+ horses, 4 dogs, and more cats than one can count. She loves her family, loves to ride her horse, and loves southern gospel music.

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