Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
I was watching my 4-year-old grandson playing by himself, completely absorbed with his miniature brigade of pirates and perfectly content to be left alone for hours with only his imagination to keep him company.
It brought me back to some of my earliest memories when I was about his age and left to my own devices, conjuring up a separate world with all sorts of characters and high adventures. As much as I liked playing with my brothers and the kids in the neighborhood, I remember so clearly treasuring my moments alone.