I Have to Sit Down
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After reading the book Leisure, the Basis of Culture it became an instant favorite of mine. However, Josef Pieper has nothing on this article. I’m babysitting my youngest brother and I now know what we’re going to do today.
My children play a game, with friends of “Alien Experiments” which involves tying each other up with all of the scarves in the house and then screaming dramatically. One child was over-heard saying “OK so if I’m half human, what is the other part?” and once a child went home crying that they hadn’t “been tied up on the grey chair. It was my turn next.”
I use to play a game called ‘Throw The Toys Down’ when I was a kid, I used to sit at the window on first floor and throw down all my toys one after the other….
As an adult I’ve come to realize that my father was brilliant–all the “games” he played with us (and which we were eager participants in) were really ploys to keep us quiet. For instance, the Tickle Game–the children lie down on the floor. They may breathe and move their eyes but may not move otherwise or speak. If caught moving or making a sound, they get tickled. The tickler (aka dad) can do anything they’d like to try and make the child move, but may not touch the child unless the child does move at which point they get tickled mercilessly. There is no possible way the child can win this game, of course, but that never occurred to us. It got to the point where after a few minutes of “trying to make us move” he would wander off and do his own thing while we lay there utterly still, trying to suppress giggles because, come on, we were WINNING.
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