Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Shuffling into the distance

Game on
Laval, QC
September 2012
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You can always tell when a building or complex targets the, ah, older demographic by the stuff they have outside. Playgrounds and splash pads are out. Walking paths with emergency call buttons, and shuffleboard pads like this one are in.

I don't think I've ever actually seen anyone use this particular sliver of concrete for its intended purpose - when we walked through with the kids, we tried hopscotch to no avail - but perhaps just knowing they're there is enough to make the residents feel a little more at home.

I may never play the game, here or anywhere, but I find the notion of simply having things like this sprinkled around the grounds to be rather comforting. We all have different definitions of home, and sometimes some basic concrete and paint can make more difference than we might have imagined.

Your turn: What makes a place "home" to you?

* This week's theme is letters, numbers & other characters, and you're all invited to toss in a photo or two or three. Here.