The Simple Things Lost

There are times when I walk into a classroom or have a conversation with a parent or student where I ask myself "What happened to the simple things in life. The days of tying your shoes with laces, telling time with an analog clock or just playing outside for fun?" Yesterday was one of those times.  Last night I walked into our before and after school program room to deliver a package before heading home. As I walked into the room there was the usual hustle and bustle of children playing games, making art, listening to music and working on the computer. In the centre of the room a group was playing a familiar board game, one that I played with my family every week during my childhood - Monopoly. My token of choice was the top hat. I loved the idea of building an empire of properties, putting up houses...
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