When KaBOOM! announced that we were going to build a playground in the Gulf shortly after Hurricane Katrina, not everyone was happy about it. With so much devastation, some believed that a playground was the last thing people needed. Why invest time, money, and sweat into something so superfluous when residents were still struggling to get basic necessities, like shelter, food, and water?
But we have long contended that play is not superfluous, and this recent piece from CNN echoes our sentiments exactly: