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Let's all join in on National Day of Play - October 6, 2012

Cain, a shy, stuttering, lonely 9-year old boy in East LA created a Cardboard Arcade that has started a movement around the world. It is so inspiring, I encourage you to watch the following two videos. I'm listing the 2nd video first, but I encourage you to watch the first video second.

Cardboard boxes and play days are now being used in schools to teach children math and science. Creativity is flourishing. The word IS getting out. It's working.

http://www.upworthy.com/if-this-piece-of-cardboard-doesnt-warm-your-heart-then-were-no-longer-friends?c=upw1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U

I think that this is a wonderful way for adults to reclaim their child-like wonder. What do you think?

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    Sep 21 2012: Life is enhanced by a sense of playfulness, not just on one day but every day.
    (But then my fourteen year old son would say that only "technically" am I a grown-up. In fact, I do not entirely qualify for the category. This assessment is positive to him).
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      Sep 22 2012: Tell your 14-year old son that his false-positive "technically grown up" assessment of you indicates that you are "technically" grown up more than him, because you recognize that you aren't grown up but he thinks you are.

      That should cause you to start smelling smoke as his brain cells struggle to collate the information. And you'll have a fun day watching. ;-)
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        Sep 22 2012: It is only positive to him. He embraces his own childhood as well.
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          Sep 22 2012: Ahhh, OK. I misunderstood what your post was saying. Sounds like you both have a balanced appreciation of when you need to be "adult", yet can be a "kid" again too.