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Imi Peeler Road 21 – Thanksgiving Edition

Today’s installment is dedicated to all those who have cooking responsibilities this Thursday, be they delightful or dreaded.

Three year-old child, explaining the recipe for tuna burgers, a dish recently prepared with her mother:  “You take tuna, mustard, and disherwasher* sauce and you have a burger.”

*Worcestershire sauce


Your turn!  Share your thoughts on this quote or submit a favorite child quote of your own, for consideration in a future post.

Imi Peeler Road 20

Today’s installment comes from a statement overheard several years ago during a meeting with another instructor at school, as her children sat nearby.  Her 7 year-old son was speaking to his 9 year-old sister.

“You can’t have everything you want, you know.  You can’t just have anything.  You can’t get a pony for your birthday.”


Your turn!  Respond to this quote or submit a favorite child quote of your own, for consideration in a future post.

2017 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Three new toys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame just moments ago:  the paper air plane,  the Wiffle Ball,  and the

board game CLUE. 

My predictions were off by one, as I had suggested that the Match box car  would make the final cut.

It’s a fine trio!

How did your predictions fare?  Whatever the outcome, why not grab your golf club and swing at a Wiffle Ball, invite some friends over for a raucous game of CLUE, or grab a piece of paper, make your best air plane, and head outside for a toss or two?

Get your play on!


Imi Peeler Road 19

Today’s installment comes from a rather insightful 4 year-old boy, during a classroom discussion about growing up and becoming an adult.

“I’m not growing up.  I don’t want to lose my options.  When you grow up, you lose all your options.  When I grow up, I’ll only have two options.  You have five options when you’re a kid.”


Your turn!  Comment on this quote or submit a favorite child-quote of your own, for consideration in a future post.

National Toy Hall of Fame 2017

It’s that time of year again!

The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play, in Rochester, New York, is preparing to announce the 2017 inductees to this prestigious roster of toys.  Announcement of the new inductees is set for Thursday, November 9 at 10:30am.

The Strong, a museum solely dedicated to play, began sponsoring the annual National Toy Hall of Fame contest in 1998.  There are currently 62 toy honorees.

Toys must meet four rigorous selection criteria to make the cut:

Icon status:  the toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered

Longevity:  the toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations

Discovery:  the toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play

Innovation:  the toy profoundly changed play or toy design.  A toy may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.

You can nominate a toy for consideration and vote for the finalists.   Winners are chosen by a committee of historians and educators selected by The Strong Museum.  Anywhere from one to three new inductees are chosen each year.  There are twelve finalists in the 2017 list.

Nominations for this year’s competition is closed, there is still time to vote for your favorite finalist — so get to it.   Go to The National Toy Hall of Fame website at to submit your vote.  As you review the list and read about each finalists, I invite you to consider which toys were an important part of your childhood and how they impacted your play and friendships.

Based on the selection criteria, I am predicting three new inductees:  the paper airplane,  

the Wiffle Ball,

and the Matchbox Car .

What’s your prediction?  Share it here and I’ll keep a tally.  After the announcement is made on November 9, I’ll let you know how we fared.

Most important:  What did you do to play today?  If you haven’t, just remember — the day ain’t over yet.



Imi Peeler Road 18 – Halloween Edition

Today’s installment is offered in honor of Halloween.

Following her first Halloween experience, a 3 year-old girl attended church with her mother.  During the collection, she yelled, “Trick or Treat!  Happy Halloweeeeeen!”


Your turn!  Respond to this quote, or submit a favorite child quote of your own, for consideration in a future post.

Please Accept My Apology, Pennsylvania

In my post of October 16, 2017, “When Will Pennsylvania Welcome Me? Part 1,” I inserted a chart that rated my driving experience on the Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania turnpikes.  One section of that chart summarized the quality of each state’s rest areas.  I indicated that Pennsylvania had none.

I was wrong.

On my recent summer solo road trip, I observed no rest stops during my drive across the state.  But during a return trip last week, I actually stopped at one with my friend.  I’m guessing that I hopscotched them on the previous trip.  (This also suggests, of course, that I have never developed object permanence …  which may explain other challenges … but that’s for another post).

The rest stop was a close replica of the photograph above.  It provided a gas station, small restrooms, racks of brochures boasting local attractions, and two vending machines.

I short-changed you, Pennsylvania.  For that, I apologize.

It’s not advisable to omit information about such a basic, important state-level service.  Pennsylvania — one of the original 13 colonies, the state that played such an important role in the birth of this nation — the state with the beautiful Allegheny Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Poconos — the state with the Liberty Bell … you deserved more.

The state with the oldest golf course (Clarion) — the state with the first department store (Wanamaker’s) — the state with the oldest gas station (Altoona) … what did you ever do to deserve my error?

Plus, my mother was born there. What was I thinking?

In closing, I offer the lyrics to the State Song of Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, mighty is your name,                                        steeped in glory and tradition, object of acclaim.                                            Where brave men fought the foe of freedom, tyranny decried,            ’til the bell of independence filled the countryside.

Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, may your future be,                                          filled with honor everlasting, as your history.

Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner, 1990



Imi Peeler Road 17

Rules, Rules, Rules 

Today’s installment comes from a 4 year-old girl, in response to a discussion about a classroom hand-washing rule:

“That’s boring, to have to wash your hands.  It sounds so boring.  I can’t even deal with this.”


Your turn!  Comment on this quote or submit a favorite child quote of your own, for consideration in a future post.

Imi Peeler Road 16

Installment 16 comes to you a little early, as I will be away for a few days.


A five year-old boy, at dinner in a restaurant with his parents, observed another boy having a tantrum at a table nearby:  “He needs an extra hug.”


Your turn!  Comment on this quote or submit a favorite child quote of your own, for consideration in a future post.

Imi Peeler Road 15

Today’s installment comes from a gathering of children and mothers at a public playground.  Jimmy, at the playground with several friends, was there with another boy of the same name.  The second Jimmy had just exited the playground to go to the bathroom.  The second Jimmy approached his mother and asked, “Where’s the other me?”


Your turn!  Feel free to comment on this installment or submit a favorite child quote of your own, for consideration in a future post.