Romping on the Campus


Adam Rogers’ romantic comedy is about two parents who fall in love between sunrise and sunset while playing hooky from their children’s college tour. It is a good example of what can happen when we allow ourselves to become fluid and flexible.George and Edith undergo a process of self-discovery as they explore the campus together.

In the tower scene, Edith drops George’s eyeglasses over the ledge as a proclamation of freedom from restraint, just before tenderly kissing him. In the same vein, George forces his son to wear a tie to the college tour, but later on in the movie the son flings the tie away. It lands on a tree branch.The “tie” and “eyeglasses” are both symbols of the feeling of “being on a leash,” the antithesis of the feeling provoked by play.

What do these photos of ISIS and Hitler have in common?



That’s right. No one is smiling. It is no secret that Hitler’s childhood was very austere. He was abused as a child. Violent clashes with his father led to his becoming a recluse with an unstable temperament.

Greg Mortenson mentions in “Three Cups of Tea,” that the Taliban were amazed to see a playground for the first time in their lives in one of the CAI schools in Afghanistan. It seems that as a result of a grim childhood, they had become miserable adults who destroy rather than build. History repeats itself. Is universal Play the answer?