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    The Spirit of Adult Play January 15, 2009 After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. Italian Proverb In her Exchange article, The Spirit of
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      The Spirit of Adult Play
      January 15, 2009
      After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
      Italian Proverb
      In her Exchange article, "The Spirit of Adult Play" Bonnie Neugebauer
      observes that many must relearn the joys of playfulness. To do so, she
      suggests, they must be willing to spend freely, to squander, to waste
      (if you will), to be extravagant with their:

      Time — Play must exist in a context of timelessness. The process is
      valued beyond the outcome of the play, so it must be possible to
      continue the experience across blocks of time, even across days and
      weeks. The play must find its own end, just as it found its own

      Sense of Self — Play requires that one forget oneself. If
      self-conscious about their play, about how others will view either
      their play or the products of their play, children and adults are
      crippled. Their play is distorted by other consciousness.

      Sense of Order — Play demands a certain amount of chaos. There must be
      room for using things and doing things in new ways. Play equipment and
      space must be flexible to meet the changing needs of the players.
      There must be storage for uncompleted play, and respect for unfinished
      spaces. Players require a degree of uncertainty and support for taking
      risks. Play is nurtured when there is no labeling of wrong and right.

      Joy — Play without enjoyment is just plain hard work. Players need to
      laugh, and boast, and practice. There are many choices to be made, and
      each is a challenge. Play brings out the best in each of us.

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