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As a child what was your favourite play? Why? Are you doing an adult version of it now? If not, why?
Are you asking about which game we liked to play best? If so, mine was hopscotch. It was fun, you could play anywhere, and you could play alone if no one else was around. No hopscotch these days, not enough balance to stand on one foot.
I absolutely loved Red Light, Green Light. I still play it every time I drive. Sometimes, I still imagine a little dude inside the traffic light poles arbitrarily making the decisions about when to make the lights green, red, and yellow. I also really loved Red Rover. There is not an adult version of that I play, outside of what feels like the runaround of custody with own child and my stepchildren sometimes.
Playing "pretend," making up stories, and giving myself the most heroic parts is something I still do every day. It's all about being a parent, a teacher, a chaplain, a writer, a lover of all of what makes us human. My car becomes much more than a transportation between locations; it becomes a part of my heroic identity. My classroom is kind of like the "bat cave," except the tools are much different and it's much less organized. The entire school has a setting much like Kipling's The Jungle Book, and my students take on their own characteristics, much like the telling of the story The Life of Pi. Every day is an adventure, and one to be treasured for the great story it is.
Luv luv it!
I would love to return to the place where you are at ivorytusk! You sound so warm and colourful. Your schoolchildren must love you very much!
I can't answer for my students, but I know I love them. I am a different person because of them, and I am the better for it. Life is hard...and it has brought me to my knees. It has also helped me see the value of play in problem solving.
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