Friday, November 7, 2008

Take a Step Back

The world is buzzing with news right now, and the buzz is much louder than usual. The excitement is expected when considering the election of the first black president, our weak economy and the war and everyone seems to have an opinion. I think that's great. I believe our nation can expect to see the beginning of change and we should have an opinion about that. Nevertheless, I still strongly believe that it is equally important to take a step back, remove oneself from the situation and take a look at a different part of our nation. I change in perspective can do us some good.

On Thursday, the Toy Hall of Fame embraced childhood imagination when a stick was chosen as on of the newest additions to the collection. Christopher Bensch, the museum's curator of collections explains the addition in saying that "It's very open-ended, all-natural, the perfect price — there aren't any rules or instructions for its use. It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight's sword, a boat on a stream or a slingshot with a rubber band. ... No snowman is complete without a couple of stick arms, and every campfire needs a stick for toasting marshmallows."

I don't aim to discredit topics deemed more relevant to our nation, I simply suggest that we all take a moment now and then to take a step back and reflect on the simpler things in life. Creativity, imagination and opportunity - all of which can be found in toys and all of which were vital in the creation of our nation.

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