Chaplain's Thought for the Week Blowing Bubbles I watched the waste of water with indignation…..and Greece is such a hot country! What was a grown adult doing watering a tarmac road with a hosepipe simply to make puddles and patterns? Perhaps there was a purpose which I did not understand? Then, I discovered the identity of the woman, and I was ashamed of my harsh, ‘sensible’ judgement. Galinitsa may have been in her forties, but due to an accident of birth she had the mental faculties of a child. She was playing – unselfconsciously, with no desire to impress her peers or the opposite sex. She was not trying to win or to achieve anything. She had no objective other than to have fun. A wise psychotherapist friend observed that busy, serious-minded or purpose-driven adults often struggle to discover ways to blow bubbles in their lives; to simply play. A pot of children’s party bubbles sits on my study desk (between the diary and the calendar) as a constant reminder. Let us play.