Yes, this is filled with whisky

Yes, this is filled with whisky

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Caine's arcade





(hat tip to Editor Awesome for alerting me to this)

26 comments:

Bill Plante said...

A young mind and a tape gun - and a young at heart to discover it.

Heather Kelly said...

I have to admit, that made me cry. :)

Marta Szemik said...

This video touched my heart:) Thank you for sharing it. I guess persistence and love for what you do is the message here. Never give up!

Marlana Antifit said...

Bravo to the dad for encouraging such creativity! Now where are my tissues?

Tamara said...

My husband and I watched this video together yesterday and have been watching Caine's scholarship fund grow on his web site. When we first looked at it around 6 p.m. yesterday, it was at 33K. Now, it is almost 66K. Good for you, Caine!

Ann Landsberger said...

Be the change. <3

Eva said...

Loved it!

Jessa Russo (Stadtler) said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who cried. :-)

Thanks for sharing, Janet!

Anne-Marie said...

This boy is a reminder of why some of us who teach arm our students with glue guns, exacto knives and goggles at the beginning of each school year. What a bright future he has. (I cried too).

Rick said...

No, no, I'm fine. I just have something in my - okay, fine, I'm ugly-crying.

Jodi R. said...

Of course we cried! It is beautiful!

I watched this earlier as well. It reminds me of something my mother - an elementary school teacher for 35 years - used to say to parents when they complained their children were bored (usually as an excuse for bad behaviour/poor performance): "Intelligent children never get bored." Sure, it was a way to shut the parents down, but it is true - a smart kids find ways to amuse and challenge themselves and try to look beyond the basics. They challenge themselves and the world around them. How can I make it better? Bigger? More awesome? How can I learn more? Get more out of this?

Hats off to the filmmaker for seeing the brilliance and beauty in this. OF COURSE he got a fun pass - he GOT it!

Love the whole thing.

Jodi
(The other J. Reid)

Janet Johnson said...

Awesome incarnate. He's got an imagination to be envious of! Thanks for sharing. :)

The Frisbie said...

what a way to start a day-- I almost didn't hit the button--Thanks

ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) said...

I LOVE THIS. This is my 9-yr old ALL OVER. He made us a cardboard pinball machine for Christmas and is constantly making stuff .... he will love this video.

Awesome thing to share - thanks!

Lisa Gomley said...

Janet,

Thank you for posting that! What a wonderful video. Although, a disclaimer regarding the need for tissues would have helped.

The imagination of a child is priceless! Kudos to his father for nurturing that.

Papillon crew said...

I love it. This is what kids are all about. Every Christmas I have to explain to my extended family why my girls don't need iPads and other bits of electronica. Now I can save my breath and just send them to this video. Kids just want to make things! When my little one got a flexible snap-together car track, she and her sister used it to make belts and crowns. Perfect.

Books and cardboard boxes. What else do you need?

AM Lyvers said...

I'm such a sap. Yeah, I cried too. My little sister did the same thing with cardboard and tape to make a mini bowling alley. Okay, so I cried a lot.

MittensMorgul said...

Every summer in Maine, my sister and I would build a carnival from the stuff we found in the wood shed. We invented all sorts of games, made prizes, and then charged family members a dime to play. We made ring toss, bean bag toss, darts, basketball, and numerous other games from firewood, shingles, and bottle caps. We built chairs (rickety, mind you), tables, and toys, too.

All in all, those are some of the best memories I have. Even spending several months a year isolated on a farm in rural Maine, I have zero memories of ever feeling "bored" there. I'm sure my sister would agree.

Now, my kid makes play gyms for our cat. She holes up in her room, rearranges stuffed animals, pillows, blankets, and cat toys into mazes, tunnels, and jungle gyms for the cat. She even makes signs advertising the cat amusement park and posts them around the house about a foot off the ground (at cat viewing level). I LOVE to see stuff like this! You go, Caine!

AnneMB said...

That is so cute! It reminds me of my husband - when he was a five-year-old in the Phillipines, he created a carnival for neighborhood kids and rented out comics that other kids had thrown away. Of course, if his dad found out, he'd be in trouble, so he had lookouts posted. If dad was coming, that board with nails (Plinko game)turned around and became a wall! :)

Wry Wryter said...

Oh...the power of the web, a man with a big heart and an awesome dad; not to mention a super kid.
Thanks.
Aren't dreams and hard work great?

Krista McLaughlin said...

I will admit that this definitely made me cry. Such a wonderful boy with big dreams and hopefully he never loses those dreams. :)

Aun-Juli said...

This is amazing. I have to stop by and visit. Amazing. <3

Unknown said...

What an amazingly brilliant kid. He's going to be an ingineer or something really awesome when he's big.
Kudos to the film maker too.
Thank you, that made me smile.

Judith Gonda said...

This is beautiful on so many levels, not only the amazing Caine and his arcade, but his awesome dad, his awesome one and only customer who wanted to make a film about it and all the wonderful peeps on reddit, hiddenla and the flashmob responders. The generosity is overflowing, as were my tears. Not an accident that I found it on a generous agent's blog. Thanks, Janet, with all the depressing news bombarding us it's great to be reminded about all the good stuff like hope, sense of pride in work, love and kindness too. Made my day!

E. B. Pike said...

Imagination + perseverance + social media = something really amazing...

What a cool kid, what an awesome dad for encouraging him, what a heart that indie filmmaker had, and what a wonderful outpouring of support from the community.

Wish I lived in LA. I'd be there tomorrow.

Brandi M. Lynch said...

That is the best thing ever! And it's proof that if you work hard and keep trying, someone's going to take notice!