Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Child’s Imagination

Deb and Barbara: Rigel sent us this amazing video the other day—she knew right away it would be a great fit for one of our Tue/Thurs posts. The moment we saw it, we knew it was a keeper. This is one of those sweet stories that first of all shows you the resourcefulness of a young boy when encouraged to use his imagination and turn his vision into reality, and then shows what happens when word gets around and people rally to make his vision a dream come true. What most impressed us was that even when it seemed no one would come to play after all his work, he never lost sight of his goals. He refused to give up. He proves in a huge way: If you build it, they will come. We dare you not to tear up!

Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.


19 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD...ITS PRECIOUS !!!! His expression when he saw the mob was PRICELESS!

    When I read "Child's Imagination" I immediately remembered this wonderful little kid, Shorya Mahanot. He is 4 and he is the youngest Indian kid to paint acrylic abstract paintings...This kid is amazing..I found a video of his best paintings check it out......and did I mention HE IS 4 !!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLLqr1zO1Tc

    Its a long video..But if you are An ART-NUT like me.....you wont get bored !! :D

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  2. What a great story, I'm definitely going to share this. He reminds me of my nephew Sebastian who's the same age. Love, love, love these kinds of stories thanks Deb and Barb!

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  3. It reminded me of Odin when he was about 5, making a three dimensional city out of paper and tape. It was precious.

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    1. Oh my god, Jo, this actually reminded me of me when I was young -- I always had these big plans for backyard fairs and devised these intricate cardboard and tape elements for it. It was so much fun. Don't even remember following through on the fairs! Not a one...

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  4. Wow! How amazing is that! Caine is such a smart kid. It is so amazing that he could figure out how to build all of that. If he can do all of this at 9 years old, imagine what he will be able to do as an adult. Just fantastic. Wish I could go play the games...

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  5. I saw this yesterday and passed it on to my grand kids. We are all going to his arcade soon. It is open on Saturdays and is about 15 miles from my area. The grand kids can't wait to see it. Amazing imagination and the luck of one man who needed a auto part and a boy waiting for that person. His website has raised $102,000 for his college fund by strangers and the movie maker.

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    1. That is wonderful !!! What an inspiring story !

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    2. So so exciting that you get to actually participate in this, Madge! I did see the link on your FB (and a few others). Word is definitely getting around!!

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    3. That is so cool! :D
      You have to tell us what it was like!

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  6. Yup! I pitched in a dollar. When the story exploded in geekdom (posted on BoingBoing and laughingsquid and tweeted by ThinkGeek), the college fund idea exploded to. It was so cool watching the geek community rally!

    Last night, the filmmaker started tweeting asking for ideas of how this could grow further, what could be done with funds people wanted to give beyond Caine's college fund because the momentum didn't seem to be letting up and people had really caught onto the spirit. A lot of suggestions started floating around about science education for children in East L.A., child friendly maker spaces in underserved areas, etc. Caine's vision is birthing an extended vision that is going to have a huge impact on his community!

    p.s. I'm so jealous that you get to visit, Madge!!! So cool!!!

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    1. THANKS THANKS THANKS for this video !!!! xoxo

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    2. Yes, thank you so much, Rigel!! And thanks for the update re the next steps for it. Just fantastic.

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  7. That is so amazing!

    Live your dreams it is then! Go Caine!

    In the century of the internet and videogames and what not....it's even more precious that this little fella builds some real stuff...and not virtual things.

    I played a lot outside...me and my friends didn't really build lots of stuff, but we always used our imagination and had fun. Good old times! :D

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    1. I used to save cardboard boxes and create shopping mall for my barbie......XD I would also cut papers and make books for her....THATS ALL!
      LOL

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  8. Aw! Nirvan is a hero, and so is everybody who rallied together to help Caine!

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  9. Remember when your kids were little and they'd get elaborate gifts that they'd promptly ignore as they went off & crawled into the cardboard box it came in? I couldn't help but think watching this, that if we just skipped the gift and gave our kids boxes to develop however they imagined, that this world would be much calmer, and much less materialistic. When I was a kid I had a notebook that I brought everywhere with me (okay, not much has changed ;) ) back then I was very into designing towns--I filled pages and pages of notebooks with elaborate town planning and was hugely and inexpensively entertained. This is a wonderful lesson that less can indeed, be much much more.

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  10. WOW - so inspiring! Loved it.

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