Wednesday, April 15, 2009

the incubator of greatness

Unstructured time is the incubator of greatness. - Ken Dryden, hockey legend

Last night Abbott and Cal started spring hockey. Spring hockey consists of weekly three on three games, no practices. At the orientation after the game, the organizer said that this program had been set up because, given the climate in Seattle, our kids don't get free play time on ice as children growing up in colder climates do; that the program was designed to give kids unstructured time on ice with other kids. He proceeded to quote Ken Dryden as cited above. Exactly. Here's what our unstructured time at home has looked like lately.


(campfire next to tents)




17 comments:

jane said...

Great post! Have only stopped by for a minute- we are off to Bilbao-will visit longer when the family leaves. Un beso- Jane (love the camp fire!)

Kim said...

love the note, too cute!
xo

pve design said...

Let's hear it for unstructured time in a structured world where every second is to be accounted for.
The times that we allow ourself to create - on our own, build a campfire and write love notes or sketch are where we find comfort and joy.

Deidra said...

What great inspiration! I love the idea of unstructured time. I agree. Many of my most creative moments have come in the absence of plans, schedules, and deadlines. Just meandering through the moment...

Thanks!

Emily said...

I also am a firm believer in unstructured time. great quote! have been enjoying your blog. i still consider seattle my home, and lived not too far away from you in the white center area (yes, ghetto-ville!) before we moved to switzerland.

Sammi said...

I love those little bead things, they are awesome :)

Joyce said...

Lecia, I love how the boys are so detail in their imaginations. The note is pricelss! I'm sure grandma enjoyed her dinner and will hold onto her invitation. xoxo...

Cate said...

i, too, have been contemplating the importance of unstructured time lately, and thank you, lecia (and wise hockey coach) for that wonderful quote.

it's where the juicy bits come from, isn't it? the daydreaming and true playing for playing's sake.
the boys are wonderful. the concentration it must have taken to assemble that bus!

SherriLynn said...

You are a good mom. :)

nicola said...

i know nothing about hockey, but that is a GREAT quote! i love the photos of "play" at home. i use that word loosely, because, wow, do the kids and i both learn so much when they play like that!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Ina J Offret said...

That little bead thingy looks fun!! xoxo

Debra said...

Such a sweet note/menu. Love that your boys stay so creative and busy.

Paige said...

That's a great quote to keep planted in the mind, glad you shared it. We're all about plenty of unstructured time around here - I figure my son works hard enough when he's at school, the rest of his time should be spent doing what he'd like, in addition to helping around the house when needed - tonight is his night to make dinner. Tacos, yay!

KPiep said...

Looks like your boys and my girls would play very well together!

Many happy days of unstructured play to you...because I also believe that it's VERY important.

Lina said...

Yay for unstructured time. I try to keep it to one activity per week per child here. I can't bear to think of over scheduled little ones (happens a lot in my neighbourhood). It seems so sad to deprive them of time for imaginative play. OK, off my soap box!

annechovie said...

Unstructured time is waaaaay under-rated. I hope the boys enjoy their Spring Hockey!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the note... your family is ADORABLE!