aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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The serious business of fun

I spend a lot of time doing ministry with children and youth, which means I spend a lot of time and effort and money having "fun." As a wise man once said of Scouting, it can be spelled with just those three letters. And while church isn't always "fun," we are always about joy, even in the midst of sorrow.

What I have found over the years is that one can get pretty beat up having fun. After a while, even fun can become not fun. In fact, when I take a vacation, I have to get away from the things that other people do for fun, because I'm just too funned out.

Years ago, a kid asked me what my doctorate was in. I said that Ph.D. stood for Doctor of Phunology -- which would be the work of producing fun. When I designed a coat of arms for myself, I added a motto in Old English (not Latin): Plega is min cræft. "Play is my work."
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