No Pogo


This set of photos was taken on February 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM
The location was in Alexandria, Virginia
The "Take It!" came from looking at one of the feet on this commonly used scaffolding for construction.  The pipe like upright had at its base an adjustment device used to level it. The up and down is done by hand and the setting is then locked into place with a rather exadgerated wing nut.  This wing nut in combination with the screw like adjustment piece reminded me of the foot pegs and plunger shaft on a pogo stick.  How strange a thought association this was  - but I went along with it.  For some reason I slipped into my "if things could talk mode" and came to the conclusion that this scaffold would rather be a pair of pogo sticks, out somewhere being the means for bringing joy to children. 
To ride ( if that is what it is called ) a pogo stick is to engage in play that involves the entire body.  There is balance needed and lots of flexibility.  One has to be very conscious of the surface upon which one is playing to make certain with each landing, the spot selected will be solid enough to allow for the next bounce of fun to happen.  The whole thing looks sort of silly, but here is where appearance is completely tossed aside by the rider.  So many great moves and lessons are learned in this skill developing form of play. I think the biggest thing may be confidence development.  I also think it may be a great form of work out to help a child build strength. 



While the scaffolds stand doing their job as solid citizens in the world of work, again I cannot help but think they would rather be playing.  Thus I think as a group, they may have formed an envy committee.
Should you happen upon a pogo stick - ever so carefully - give it a try.  I feel certain - it will trigger a rush of returns to happy childhood memories.  Please be certain to obtain the permission needed from the child that is its owner.
Imagination is such a wonderful gift.  I encourage you to engage in it beyond the images conjured when reading a book. 
Wishing you a happy day.


PS: This form of play is a solid member of the 'Jump for joy' category.


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  • #1

    Gabe (Saturday, 02 March 2013 14:20)

    Those things don't look very sturdy.