I read a slew of columnists this morning, and it seems like, in the moment, Barack Obama is the guy. Peggy Noonan has a good analysis of Hillary in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, and Maureen Dowd continues to have a great deal to say about Hillary. The list goes on. It is Sunday, and not my usual preferred way of beginning this day, and yet, curiosity overtakes me. I think the rise of Obama really does matter. It sounds like he is appealing to conservatives and liberals, and it says something huge about the issue, or perhaps non-issue of race in this country. Bill Maher says this welcoming of Barack and Hillary is 200 years late. That may be, but it is here now, and I have lived to see it, and I am thrilled.
Pablo Picasso said, "Everything you can imagine is real."
The ordinary cardboard box is in the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY.
The Toy Hall recommends the big sized cardboard boxes like the ones that your fridge or dishwasher came in, rather than the smaller shoe boxes for your child.
Even my cats have great fun with a cardboard box, and we all know how children respond. It is absolutely clear and right that the cardboard box is in the best of toys. Imagination soars.
As of November 2005, there were 34 toys inducted into the National Toy Hall Of Fame.
They are in alphabetical order: Alphabet Blocks, Barbie®, Bicycle, Candy Land®, Cardboard Box, Checkers, Crayola® Crayons, Duncan® Yo-Yo, Erector® Set, Etch A Sketch®, Frisbee®, G.I. Joe™, Hula Hoop®, Jack in the Box, Jacks, Jigsaw Puzzle, Jump Rope, LEGO®, Lincoln Logs®, Marbles, Monopoly®, Mr. Potato Head®, Play-Doh®, Radio Flyer® Wagon, Raggedy Ann™, Rocking Horse, Roller Skates, SCRABBLE®, Silly Putty®, Slinky®, Teddy Bear, Tinkertoy®, Tonka® Trucks, and View-Master®.
I've played with all but G.I. Joe.
How many have you played with? Do you have any in your house?
I keep reading that the Hula Hoop is back, and there is an adult version for exercise.
I remember mine. It was blue, and my brother's was yellow. It was quite a phenomena at the time.
There is also a good article in the NY Times today on the importance of play for children, of sensory physical movement and involvement with other children as a way to learn empathy and cooperation.
It is a day to rest and play, and perhaps, climb into a cardboard box, and then, climb out and play Ring around the Rosy, and Captain May I, and Red Light, Green Light, and Tag. I grew up in a neighborhood with children, and those summer evening games come tumbling back this morning as I look out on the green of leaves and trees and the gray of fog above.