Who would think that a pile of erasers could provide such fun? Whoever came up with the idea of producing these erasers in the old days must be ingenious. Back then, my friends and i didn’t use them for erasing. We hoarded them like treasures. Our goal? To collect all the countries, especially our country. The ultimate prize? The United Nations eraser.
Every piece of eraser was hard-earned by scrimping on the pocket money we had for recess or by exchanging them with those who had the countries we wanted. Better still, we could play a simple game of deftly flipping one’s eraser right on top of the opponent’s to win his eraser and add it to our collection. The boys loved playing the country eraser battle. As for me, it was just fun to collect the pretty erasers, but being poor, i only managed to collect some pieces which i kept for a long time. Years later , i had to reluctantly throw them away when they got stuck together and their colours were ruined.
Once, when i was a child-care teacher in a centre for single-parent families, i saw a boy fiddling about and not paying attention in class. As i walked over to check, i became awestruck as i stared at the creation on his table. He had cut up his brand new little eraser into tiny bits and pieces and, with the aid of staple bullets, he had created a cute movable robot! Instead of reprimanding him, i was filled with praises for his talent and creativity. His late father, a fireman who fell to his death while going down a fire pole, would have been proud of him.
Simple games, simple pleasures, great ingenuity. Poverty begets creativity. There were few toys back then and even if there were any, not many could afford them.
But now that we can afford more things, we never seem to be contented. By Renee
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” 1 Tim 6:6-9 (NIV)