Thursday, June 09, 2005

Hello, hello?

Thomas sits on the living room floor, with a large brown oblong block against his ear, conversing animatedly. George sits at the dining room table, doing the same with a tiny red block. "Are you two talking to each other?" "No," George explains. "I wanted to use the phone, but Thomas had it, so I had to use my cell phone instead."


Blogger Candace said...

Oh, the kids of today, not even knowing what a rotary phone is.


6/09/2005 08:51:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Sad, isn't it? Not too long ago, I found myself describing a typewriter to my youngest as "a sort of a keyboard with the printer attached".

6/10/2005 06:46:00 a.m.  
Blogger Kevin B said...

A piece of wood and an imagination...Mmmm, that could be turned into a fun game to play with a group of pre-school kids, hold up a piece of wood and see how many different things they can make it be using their imagination, and for those who aren't too shy, even have them act out how they would use it. Probably not something you'd want to do with a group of adults, however, especially guys, LOL.

6/10/2005 09:14:00 a.m.  
Blogger Kevin B said...

Same scene, 18 years later..

George, "Nice block, Tom!"

6/10/2005 09:34:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Mary P said...

Kevin: it would be fun if you could get them to do it. Give them a pile of blocks and watch, and you'll see blocks being all sorts of different things. Hold up a block and ask then what it could be, and I suspect they'd give you a look like you're a total idiot, and say "Is a block!" (Duh.)

6/10/2005 11:42:00 a.m.  
Blogger Kevin B said...

Yeah, MP, you are so right with that insight. There is no way we as adults can come close to matching the creativity of a child at play. Their rapidly generating brain cells are much more productive than ours..which are slowly and sadly withering away, day after day, sniffle, sniffle....maybe that's why we write, to capture them before they are completely gone away......

6/10/2005 01:36:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Mary's daughter said...

Take heart Kevin. According to my psychology professor, we're not suffering from withering brain cells, but are undergoing a rigorous paring down of repetitive synapses. We're not losing cognitive ability; we're becoming more efficient!

6/14/2005 01:31:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Phew. I can take heart from that when next I forget something, which will likely be within the next five minutes.

6/14/2005 08:44:00 a.m.  

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