Let’s be kids again

No snowstorm was in the forecast for this weekend. That is something different for 2020. The temperature is supposed to get above 50 degrees at some point too. That means there will be a slushy mess to deal with in our yards and on our sidewalks.
I was talking to a friend the other day about aging. Mary asked why is it we stop doing fun things as we get older?
I think that is a great question.  
I watched the neighbor kids build a snowman. I have not built a snowman in years. I can’t tell you why, I just have not done it. I loved building them when I was younger, but as the years passed, I stopped.
It is the same with a lot of other activities that were fun such as squirt gun fights, hide and seek, sledding and catching fireflies on a hot summer night. In my youth, those were fun to do. But I stopped and most other adults stopped too.
Blowing bubbles and flying a kite, as well as other things that used to bring me joy, are now just hiding in the back of my mind.
So, here is a late resolution. I am going to take some time this year to act like a kid again. Maybe I will build a snowman or make a snow angel or go skipping down the street. I vow to do something youthful again.
Please, don’t laugh if you see me acting like a kid. I am doing it for my mental health. And with the news the way it is, you may want to join me.
Gov. Pritzker gave his State of the State speech this week and called for a clean-up of Illinois government. He said the time is now to put an end to the bribery and corruption infiltrating Illinois politics. He also proposed banning ex-lawmakers from becoming paid lobbyists. All great ideas — just have to get Madigan to agree.
I would have liked to have heard about impartial maps for Illinois house and senate districts. Now is the time to change the way we do things in Illinois. We need to get away from the party in power drawing legislative districts and put that task in nonpartisan hands.
Hopefully our leaders can get that on the ballot for Illinois residents to consider.
My one and only football prediction for Sunday: San Francisco’s Robbie Gould kicks the winning field goal as time expires and the 49ers win 38-35.  

Terry Dickow is a retired elementary school teacher with lots of opinions, some you will like, some you won’t. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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