parallel play

Parallel play is what happens at an early stage in social development in which young children play adjacent to each other but don't really interact or influence each other's activities. It's seen as a sign of immaturity.

It's also what we (adults) happily engage in at the cabin. This is what a typical cabin afternoon looks like.

Whether we're...




playing with fire,

or just contemplating;
each one of us is content to play in our own way beside each other. 

It's part of what makes the cabin such a special place. 


  1. Older Sister of Your Man23 November 2015 at 18:27

    I think parallel play is a sign of maturity. Giving each her or his space, to be content in the activity that gives each one peace. The cabin is a beautifully special place indeed.

    1. Let's rewrite social development theory! Or maybe, as often happens, things just come full circle. We start out as very individually-minded beings, learn to socialize and interact with others, then ultimately learn to be content with just ourselves again.

  2. Older Sister of Your Man27 November 2015 at 21:12

    Bingo! Right you are : )


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