Friday, July 03, 2009
What makes digging a hole so satisfying? From the distant past drift memories of first expeditions to a beach. No parent would dream of letting a toddler set forth at low tide without a pail and shovel, so pail and shovel in hand. Sand is a malleable substance and moving it around empowers the small child. What fun to explore this new medium! Sand can be piled together and shaped into a mountain, then patted on all sides and decorated with shells or stones. "What a great castle!" the parent exclaims. He or she intervenes and around the castle goes a moat. The child uses the shovel to move more sand nearby and soon the landscape has been drastically altered with the creation of a hole. The pail makes it possible to pour water from the ocean into this receptacle. Oh, no! The water seeps through, and a first lesson is learned: you can dig a hole, but you cannot make it hold water. From now on, we create empty holes, lots of them. And use the pail in other ways. Satisfaction enough.
Posted by Alexandra Grabbe at 8:31 PM
On Digging Holes at the Beach