Saturday, June 13, 2009

Not Your Mother's Cat's Cradle

The school down the street had just let out. A cluster of elementary aged children gathered in a cluster, white strings wrapped intricately about their fingers. I wonder -- are they actually doing cat's cradle? For those of you who don't know, cat's cradle is a string game in which one player weaves a loop of string into a precise web on his or her fingers, and the second player must pick it up and make additional weaves. The web is passed back and forth until somebody misses, or the players become bored. This game can go on for hours.

I walked closer to look, maybe give them some tips.

They were just de-tangling the cords on their ipods.

As for my recurring theme -- skills are disappearing -- if you know something fun, teach someone -- cat's cradle lessons are now on the web:

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