I have spent a good chunk of my last week at school going to field day for the kids. I think that as adults we should have field day too. Maybe if offices had field day a couple of times a year it would improve employee moral and remind us how easy it is to get along and solve problems when we are having fun. As I listened to the opening announcements in my 3rd graders class the message was simple. Sure there will be winners, sure some people might do better than others, but the important lesson is everyone has fun and everyone is on the same team together. The kids had a great day starting off with relay races and silly obstacle courses including one where they had to race to put on goggles, a pool ring raft and pool noodle in a contortion of directions including forwards, backwards and sideways and ending with the classic plug your nose dive dance. The pictures were hysterical and the laughter was memorable. Fun races like the three legged race and balancing a beach ball on a plunger while walking. All in the spirit of fun and not winning. The traditional long jump was there and made it’s debut has my son’s favorite. Everyone ended up with ribbons and we beat out the rain to end the day with popsicles and a visit from the local fireman who sprayed them all with the hose. Maybe in the grown up version of field day we could end with water balloons and a beer? Life is too short to compete in everything, maybe remembering the fun of days gone by will add a little bit of adventure, nostalgia and a whole lot of joy back into our lives.