If this isn’t fun, we’re doing something wrong

A former student once described my teaching style as “playful.”
“I’ll take that,” I said.
Those two sentences are from a blog of two years ago. I wrote it the day before I was to call Bingo at the St. John the Evangelist Parish Bazaar in Pittston. That’s the same place I find myself again today, so I am liberally borrowing from that old blog.
Of all the teachings of Christ, I wrote, one of my favorites is “be childlike.” To me that means don’t lose your innocence, don’t lose your sense of curiosity, expect good things to happen, approach every one and every thing with a loving heart, and, by all means, be playful.
I’ve always maintained you can do very serious work with a playful attitude. In fact, it’s the best way to do serious work. Whether it’s been newspapering or teaching, I’ve always said I take what I am doing very seriously, I just don’t take myself very seriously.
And if I can maintain playfulness in a newsroom or in a classroom, imagine how playful I can be in a Bingo tent.
But some of you don’t have to imagine because some of you have joined me in past years under the Bingo tent at the St. John’s bazaar. We’ve had a lot of fun together and I plan to replicate it again tomorrow night (Saturday, August 12).
I can’t have fun alone, however, so I am encouraging everyone to stop by, enjoy the great food and fellowship, and sit down for a game or ten of Bingo. If nothing else, you can enjoy listening to the “professional” Bingo players yelling at me about what I am doing wrong.
Primarily it’s “Slow down!”
Except when it’s, “Speed up!”
Sometimes it’s, “Dontcha have any Ns in there?”
I take it all in stride. And sometimes give it back. Like when I say, “Oh, what’s this on the ground? Gee, it’s B-3. Wonder how long that’s been lying there?”
I am scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m.
Regulars from the past know I bring along items to sweeten up the jackpots. Well, I just bought a ticket for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing. If I happen to win, expect some Bingo jackpots that will blow your mind.

Ed Ackerman