Tag Archives: playground

the math of trees.

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when looking at the trees on the kinder playground

it’s easy to see how tall the little people are 

the green does not dare begin until it is

above and safely out of the reach of their tiny hands

even if they are standing on tippy toes

 pulling, climbing, bending, picking, snapping

the trees do the math and live to tell the tale.

“trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”

-zora neale hurston

interlocking.

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a couple of enterprising 5-year olds

create the raised walkway

 many 3s, 4s and 5s

try it out

for quality control 

 offering their suggestions

when

they

or

the boards

fall down

rebuilding as they go.


“in most vital organizations, there is a common bond of interdependence,

mutual interest, interlocking contributions, and simple joy.”
—max depree

caring.

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the playground community

was worried

and

unsure what to do

how to help

there had been an accident

it had happened to one of their own

one’s hair somehow

got wound around

the button of another

the two involved 

sat down next to each other

(no other logistical choice really)

one put her arm around the other

one big one 

helped them to unwind it

one turned away

unsure how to help

one stood by

ready to help

one stood at a safe distance

watching closely

helping by being near

and

in the end

all was well

once more.

without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

anthony j. d’angelo

dinosaur.

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the kinder team in action on the big dig,

in search of dinosaur bones.

some do the labor,

some supervise.

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their dino artifacts go on display 

for all to enjoy

in the playground museum.

the dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good,

an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.

– eric johnston