A battered looking coloured box caught my eye the other day – very nearly out of sight on a shelf of Gently Used items. Looking closely, I discerned that the contents were the old-fashioned game of pick up sticks! Other popular games of yesteryear also shared the space, out of vogue now.
Pick-Up-Sticks could almost be considered as symbolic of the steps people have to complete in order to achieve their goals. At first, everything thrown up in the air and lands in a heap of this ‘n that. Then, with concentration, the first of many targets are collected and set aside - without moving any of the others. One by one, specific sticks are gathered – it’s a process of physical dexterity and mental acuity. If another stick is inadvertently affected, the player’s turn is over – as in business competition the player with the most sticks at the end is the winner.
In this modern age of electronic games and mind-boggling technologies, it should be of no surprise to readily identify the accomplishments of Inventors who played a thrilling game of pick up sticks!