First, to my fellow Americans, a Happy Independence Day! And to everyone else, a Happy 4th of July!
Today is a day for picnics and lawn games, like bean bag toss, or as we call it in the South, cornhole. (I’m fully aware that “cornhole” has another, less polite meaning. We won’t discuss that.) Far from being just a dumb lawn game you play on picnics, there are some people who are really into it on an almost professional level. There’s even a governing body. In fact, there are two governing bodies, evidently. Not to mention instructional videos, like this one:
There are a lot of games that involve tossing something, such as bocce and pétanque, horseshoes, Frisbee, and my personal favorite, lawn darts, sometimes called Jarts. These, unfortunately, are no longer sold, because some parents thought they were dangerous and someone could lose an eye, or worse. Kind of like this…
(There is, by the way, a remake, if you’re interested.)
I think we can all learn from this: some toys are fine, provided they’re used under adult supervision, which, as any tween boy will tell you, takes all the fun out of it. Kind of like our fireworks video at the beginning of this post.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. And now a word from Wham-o, makers of the Slip ‘N Slide and the Water Wiggle, at toy, drug and department stores!