The necessary confinement to the home that the COVID virus places on families affords us a unique opportunity to renew and share many fine things from earlier generations. It is also a chance to get away from the intoxicating and detrimental effects that greatly increased screen time has on youth and adults.
Following are just a few of the time-honoured ways that families came together in days-gone-by that brought much joy and learning to all: apple bobbing, art, aiming contests, baking, ball games, board games, bird watching, block play, building things, balance tricks, blowing bubbles, cooking, collections, clapping games, chalk art.
This starter list of things, just a few of the ABCs of our heritage, illustrates the many ways that we can come together to connect across generational lines and at the same time preserve important parts of our family histories and culture.
One could go right through the alphabet to identify a wide host of other constructive activities that might be helpful to children, youth, adults, and elders. Have a ball!
Garfield Pennington, Roberts Creek