When life is mundane and grind-y and we grow tired of it and each other, we want to re-orient to our friendship — we want to remember the fun we discovered we had back in the beginning, when we first fell in love. And so, even though we are only a month into this whole marriage thing, we are establishing practices to ensure drudgery does not have the last word in our day-to-day: we are building play into our marriage in simple ways. Buying a toy during semi-regular pharmacy trips is one of these practices.
We have especially loved my punch balloons. Do you remember these from childhood? They're extra big and round, with rubber band handles that let you bop your favorite person with 'em.
Jay and I have had some balloon battles of epic proportions with our Frozen balloons. The rules are simple: If you hit someone in the face with your balloon, you get -1 point (so you'll subtract a point from your total — this encourages caution in the facial region). However, if you make someone bop themselves in the face with their own balloon, you get 2 points. If you hit any other part of your partner's body with the balloon, you get 1 point; although bopping the derriere is worth 2 points (beacause: OBVIOUSLY).
With this system, there are two balloon battle goals: 1) to protect your body from bops; and 2) to try to bop your partner. The person with the most points at the end of the battle wins.
A few tips: It is especially fun to ambush your partner when they are rounding a corner and are unarmed. And also: go to the bathroom before you play. You will probably laugh so hard you will be glad you did.
Happy Tuesday, friends!
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