When was the last time you play Hopscotch? If you're like me, it's been a while. Yesterday, on my walk to lunch, I discovered someone had drawn, with chalk no less, a Hopscotch game on the sidewalk. There are few children in Crystal City where I work as it is primarily a business area, although that is changing, so I suspect the artist was a playful adult. Either way, someone had taken a moment to create this sidewalk invitation to play.
This invitation was beckoning everyone who saw it to play and it was a subtle but sweet reward for walking, offering an exclusive experience for Crystal City pedestrians. I found this artful invitation to be a time machine whisking me back in time to when I was seven or eight years old, the last time I played Hopscotch. While my mind was strolling Amnesia Lane, I thought about many of the games I played as a child. Do you remember these?
Kick the Can
Hide and seek
Football (the game and “Tackle the Man with the Ball”)
Sharks and Minnows
And, of course, Hopscotch
Sometimes a Hopscotch game is just a Hopscotch game but today it was much more. It was a time machine which freely transported me to my childhood. It was an invitation to play. It was a reminder of the benefits of walking. It was a reminder to take time to play, to take time to discover, and a reminder to enjoy your paradise.