Daily Prompt: Toy Story

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What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?

Our family members did not have a special toy for each of us. Yes we had board games, there was snakes and ladders and Monopoly.

Monopoly was my favorite, most of us could play it and there were  all kinds of tactic we used to win the game. It was not easy. The winning depended on what numbers we got when we rolled the dice. We did learn to count money buy and sell houses. We had a very enjoyable time.

I learned the art of saving and counting money and also buying and selling houses by playing Monopoly. In real life I neither became a ‘Real Estate’ agent nor an Accountant.

I settled for teaching which in a way helped the experience I got in playing Monopoly,i.e how to do things in a calm manner.


365 Writing Prompts: No, thank you

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

One word I always disliked is the word,”Retarded”. I’ve often heard kids in school calling each other ,”You are retarded “, I’m not sure a nine year old kid understands how derogatory the word sounds. I did try to make it clear to them it was not a word they should use for each other.

One time slow learners were described as retarded, when someone uses it to describe a child’s progress it sounds demeaning.

Some kids learn faster than others, it certainly is not appropriate to call a child retarded because he/she takes longer to learn something.

Yes “Retarded” is the word I want to ban from general usage.

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