Yesterday, an old family friend who homeschools her two sons came to pick up my step-daughter and take her along on a vacation trip for the weekend. She mentioned how her older son has become an avid string gamer since I introduced him to Cat’s Cradle and other string games during a similar visit they made last year. I got out my box of string and yarn and my collection of books about making string figures, and we spent about an hour sharing and reflecting about one of my favorite pastimes.
She had come to share my fascination with string games, discovering how widely played they are around the world. She was especially interested in string games that involve telling stories but had not found much information at her local library. I was excited to able to loan her one of my favorite books on the topic, “String Stories:A Creative, Hands-On Approach for Engaging Children in Literature” by Belinda Holbrook.
There’s something so gratifying about encountering people who share one’s passions. Even though I had lots of other work I should have been doing, it felt more important to stop for an hour and enjoy an unexpected connection.