In the hierarchy of playgrounds that has existed since the very first slippery slide was invented, the cool/older/savvy kids were planning the game for after lunch. I was dining and eavesdropping with three boys, ages four to five, at a picnic table.
Boy #1 to Boy #3 after conferring with Boy #2: We are going to play Power Ranger Squirrels with Buffy and Twinkie [girls' names changed to protect minors]. We don't have any colors left, but you can be a squirrel. You won't have any super powers, but you can climb trees.
Buffy and Twinkie to the younger girls: We don't have any Power Ranger colors left, but you can be rainbows. When we freeze you, you have to stop.
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I had no idea the Power Rangers were "re-versioned" in 2010, or that they visited Millennium Park in Chicago. I bet they skipped the Art Institute:
...A new generation of Power Rangers must master the mystical and ancient Samurai Symbols of Power which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth. Under the guidance of their all-knowing mentor and the aid of their devoted animal Zords, they battle the dark forces of the Netherworld ... .
Peace on Earth with Welch's grape jelly and whirled peas. Be nice to the folks on your playground.
© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder