I’m not quite sure where the cockles of my heart are located. But, after watching this video of Caine’s Arcade, I know they’re pretty damn toasty right about now. You may have already seen this bouncing around the ol’ social media channels. If you haven’t, you need to.
I can relate to Caine in a lot of ways. As a kid I spent countless hours in my bedroom, nerding it up designing and building board games. Unlike Caine however, I was too embarrassed to share my creations with anybody outside my immediate family. While my friends and cousins played hockey and drove dirt bikes on the weekends, I hid myself away behind closed doors, too self-conscious to share my unconventional hobby.
(Of course, building my board games usually required an excessive amount of glue. As a result I probably spent a good chunk of my childhood high as a kite, locking myself in my room with the fumes. So perhaps it was for the best that people didn't know what I was up to.)
The world is full of complicated problems that require creative solutions. And imagination is a key component to the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to come up with these solutions. So supporting a kids’ "crazy" idea does more than just make their day. It signals to them that out-of-the-box thinking is good and beautiful. And these days we need all the out-of-the-box thinking we can get.
So the next time your son, daughter, niece, nephew or the neighbourhood scamp tells you about the rocket ship they’re building in their backyard, resist the urge the roll your eyes. Instead, buy the kid some Tang and donate that old refrigerator box in your garage to his or her space program.
How have you supported a kids’ crazy idea? What kind of crazy schemes did you get up to when you were a kid? Who supported (or didn’t) support you?
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