I am sure I’ve done this before. But Darla got me thinking. She had her ‘Grandloves’ over and she talked about them entertaining themselves with out the iphone, electronic games, TV or computer.
That is a wonder now days. Then Jimmy or someone mentioned toys that the kids or cat played with for a few minutes, but the box it came in got the most attention. I believe EVERYONE has had that experience.
Have you ever had an ache, and something came up to take your attention away from it and you forgot it for at least a few minutes? BUT when you tried to get your mind off it, it was impossible. It had to happen natural.
Kids today are no different than when I was small. They can entertain themselves, but you cannot ‘Tell them’ to do it. The mind is an amazing thing.
I remember well what we called, “playing cars”. Under the house during a rain, we made roads in the dirt, and if water ran under the house we made rivers with bridges. We created towns and drove our cars all over the country. If you did not have a toy car, a block of wood would do, it could be a Cadillac or a fast race car.
Imaginations have fueled many wonderful inventions and patents. I have known a few people who had the imaginations to create innovative ways of improving jobs.
I do not know the process, but my Uncle John B, designed and instituted the latest way to thread a weave loom in the 1940’s, saving many hours of labor when changing weave patterns. Uncle John, not knowing anything about patents etc, gave it to the Mill company in exchange for a life time job, with no lay offs. He became salaried (at a laborers pay), and in later years would stay out of work for a week at a time. As far as I know, no one complained and as far as I know Uncle John didn’t complain.
I think inventors and innovators must retain the ‘child’s imagination’.
My problem is, every thing I think of some thing new, someone else thought of first.
I’m sorta like Sonny(not my buddy), the oldest member of the ‘Sons of the Pioneers’, when asked if he wrote a certain song he said, “Yeah, yeah I did, I heard it a couple times, then I wrote it.”
Thanks for using your ‘smarts’ and dropping by the log.
Necessity is the “Mother of Invention”, it is said, But I think, making life easier also plays a part..
Now that is innovative, and getting the most out of a vehicle.
I could not pass up one of my dreams, the ‘55 Chevy convertible with a continental kit.