The Power of Play

One of my favorite games as a child was “Telephone”.  We would pass around a saying by whispering into each others ear, one by one.  And then that magic moment  would happen when the last person would share what they thought they heard.

Last Tuesday at Ebenezer Adult Day we played Telephone.   We prompted the game by asking if anyone remembered having party lines on their telephones.  Some had, recalling eavesdropping on neighbor’s phone call.  We then explained the rules of the game.  Suddenly I felt that wonderful delight in the air, that “Kairos” timeless moment when dipping into the waters of pure play.  We passed the sentence “Spring rains bring May flowers”.   I watched how each elder gently bent over to whisper into their neighbor’s ear.  One could hear a pin drop.  One by one the message was passed and then the last player shouted—“Spring, Spring, Spring!”

I looked around the circle, absorbed by the spontaneous laughter and camaraderie developed in 10 minutes by this simple game.  Play is healing, it is transformative, it gives us mastery, we taste the present moment and delight in our child selves.



The mission of Kairos Dance Theatre is to transform and revitalize individuals and communities. We work with older adults in intergenerational settings to liberate the healing power of interactive dance and story. We achieve our mission by engaging the skills of professional teaching artists.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: