Playing Tag, Staying Young

A couple months ago, after a few drinks, some friends and I decided to play Hide and Seek. We had been playing cards and wanted to do something a little different when someone brought up the idea of playing the game. I haven’t played a real serious game of hide and seek in probably 20 years – I don’t really count playing it with my kids because I never hide to stay hidden. We picked who was going to be ‘It’, shut all the lights off in the house, and then went to hide. The game lasted for hours with people swapping being ‘It’ every so often when they were found. It’s been months since we did this and I can’t stop thinking that this is something that we should be doing so much more. Why can’t adults do stuff like this? And then I came across this article in The Wall Street Journal about a group of men that have been playing tag for 23 years and felt like okay (better than okay – awesome even) about playing Hide and Seek.

The game almost ended before it even began. In 1982, Joe Tombari was ‘It’ on the last day of senior year of high school and therefore technically ‘It’ for life (4LYFE). “About eight years later, some of the group were gathered for a weekend when the topic turned to Mr. Tombari and the feeble finish to his tag career. Someone came up with an idea to revive the game for one month out of the year. Patrick Schultheis, then a first-year lawyer, drafted a “Tag Participation Agreement,” which outlined the spirit of the game and the rules (no “tag-backs,” or tagging the player who just tagged you). Everyone signed. The game was on.”

The men are currently playing the game according to their rules and I can’t help but think about Mike Konesky, who is currently ‘It’ (at least as of the printing of this WSJ article), and what he is doing. Where he’s hiding. What is he planning on doing?

Let’s all play tag soon, okay?

Image via WSJ

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