Certificate of the Right to Play

By this certificate know ye that
<insert name>
is a lifetime member in good standing in
* The Society of Childlike Persons *
and is hereby and forever entitled to:


walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rainbows, smell flowers, blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sandcastles, watch the moon as it starts to come out, say hello to everyone, go barefoot, go on adventures, sing in the shower, have a merry heart, read children's books, act silly, take bubble baths, get new sneakers, hold hands & hug & kiss, fly kites, laugh & cry for the health of it, wander around, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, feel happy, give up worry & guilt & shame, stay innocent, say yes, say no, say the magic words, ask lots of questions, ride bicycles, draw & paint, see things differently, fall down & get up again, talk with animals, look at the sky, trust the universe, stay up late, climb trees, take naps, do nothing, daydream, play with toys, play under the covers, have pillow fights, learn new stuff, act excited about everything, be a clown, enjoy having a body, listen to music, find out how things work, make up new rules, tell stories, save the world, make friends with the other kids on the block, and do anything else that brings more happiness, celebration, relaxation, communication, health, love, joy, creativity, pleasure, abundance, grace, self-esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity, passion, beauty, peace and life energy to the above named member and to other humans & beings on this planet.

Further, the above named member is hereby officially authorized to frequent amusement parks, beaches, meadows, mountaintops, swimming pools, forests, playgrounds, picnic areas, summer camps, birthday parties, circuses, weddings, cookie shops, ice cream parlors, theatres, aquariums, zoos, museums, planetariums, toy stores, festivals & other places where children of all ages come to play, and is encouraged to always remember the motto of The Society of Childlike Persons:

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

Laurel Curtis,
Chairperson, Committee on How To Keep Growing Young

Washington Apple Pi IFAQ
lic Sunday, February 8, 1998