Never too Old to Play

Tag Buddies

Photo: Sean Raftis – Tag fans Bill Akers, Patrick Schultheis, Sean Raftis and Mike Konesky.

I’m a firm believer that we’re never too old to play. Unfortunately, I know a lot of folks in society get intimidated when they hear the word “play.” A lot of us think we’re too old to truly have fun. Some clients believe they’re too fragile to actually let loose. Whether it’s actively playing–running, golfing, kicking a ball in the backyard with your kids or grandkids–or whether it’s “Filling Your Cup,” most of us aren’t having enough fun!

Except for the guys I read about yesterday who are having fun. These high-school friends have had a game of tag, yes…tag, going for 23 years! The game is “on” every February, and these guys take it to the extreme! The fly cross-country, stalk each other, and even sneak into each other’s house in the middle of the night. What a great way to not only keep in touch with each other, but to continue playing! These guys are to be applauded and modeled. Congrats to them! They realize they’re never too old to play.

Earlier this month, Brian Dennehy started a new job as chief marketing officer of Nordstrom Inc. In his first week, he pulled aside a colleague to ask a question: How hard it is for a nonemployee to enter the building?

Mr. Dennehy doesn’t have a particular interest in corporate security. He just doesn’t want to be “It.”

Mr. Dennehy and nine of his friends have spent the past 23 years locked in a game of “Tag.”

It started in high school when they spent their morning break darting around the campus of Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Wash. Then they moved on—to college, careers, families and new cities. But because of a reunion, a contract and someone’s unusual idea to stay in touch, tag keeps pulling them closer. Much closer.


QUESTION: Would you travel cross-country to play tag?