Author and illustrator Cindy Copeland ‘82 with two of her children, Aaron Lewis and Alexandra Lewis ’11.

Author and illustrator Cindy Copeland ‘82 with two of her children, Aaron Lewis and Alexandra Lewis ’11.

I’m grateful that being an author is a family-friendly profession, dovetailing well with parenting duties. Still, I’ve had plenty of “perfect storm” moments when deadlines collided with a soccer tournament or a field trip I’d promised to chaperone.

Like most moms, I would often lie in bed at night thinking of all the things I didn’t get done. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that there will never be enough time to do everything that needs doing at work and at home. At the end of the day, so much of the to-do list will inevitably be pushed to tomorrow. And it will be the same 10 years from now.

So, a while back, I decided to take a lesson from my kids and prioritize play, whether that means a game of pingpong or poker, a turn on the trampoline or a round or two of disc golf. Fun matters. It relaxes and refreshes us and connects us to others in a joyful way. And—bonus—playtime makes us more productive and effective in other areas of our lives.

As my kids taught me many years ago, “Recess is the best part!”

—Cynthia Copeland ’82, three children, 22, 26 and 29; three stepchildren, 25, 27 and 33

 

SAQ, Winter 2015–16