Friday Two Cents: The Simplicity Of Play


This past week has been nothing if not grueling.  Let lay it out for you. I’m working two jobs, one in a kindergarten class with 29 children with 9 that have behavioural needs and the other working after-school with a group of school age children from grades 3 – 5 trying to get ready for our Christmas musical in three weeks.  Add to this I have two courses online at the university, with papers dues and exams coming up.  Then add to that all I am applying to teacher’s college at 4 universities with follow-up papers for each one.  It is a miracle that I am still sane.

Yet through all this I found something that made me smile and helped with all the stress.  A poem I haven’t seen in a long time.  A poem that helped put things into some sense of order.  The poem by an unknown author and is called “Play”.  


I tried to teach my child with books.

He gave me only puzzled looks.

I tried to teach my child with words.

They passed him by often unheard.

Despairingly I turned aside.

“How shall I teach my child?” I cried.

Into my hand he put the key.

“Come,” he said, “play with me.”

(A verse by an unknown author at the entrance of the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans)

 I read this and that is what I did with the kids.  I played with them.  I had fun and I felt a bit of the burden being released from my shoulders.  

I guess I forgot those immortal words spoken by Captain James T. Kirk,  The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.”

Captain James T. Kirk

Captain James T. Kirk (Photo credit: tychay)

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