The Practice of Play

“Playing Around: The Practice of Play”

By Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | July 16, 2017

One of the best things about summer, in my mind, is the unexpected adventures. Last week I had a free day in Denver after my family reunion, and a colleague friend who lives there invited my spouse and I to the Museum of Nature and Science. We got there and found, to our surprise and delight, a special traveling exhibit about Vikings! Wooo, Vikings! There’s nothing like an air conditioned exhibit about an ancient culture of ruffians on a hot summer day. Naturally, we had to see it.

There was one sign in particular in that exhibit – next to artifacts found in a child’s grave – that particularly caught my attention. The sign said that Vikings didn’t really have a concept of childhood – they thought of children as particularly magical adults.

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