Milton Bradley & the Empath

Yesterday, my son Jonah dressed up like Milton Bradley for his Wax Museum project at school. It was a “heroes” wax museum, so I was confused at first by his choice.

“Wait, Milton Hershey?” I asked incredulously after he first said his name.

“No,” he answered sternly, “Milton Bradley.”

“The maker of The Game of Life?” I continued. “He’s your hero?”

“Mom, he did more than just that,” he answered, pulling out his little note card. “Milton Bradley was a huge pro-pope-ent (mispronounced due to speech impediment) of kindergarten for all kids. He gave a lot of his money for early education for children. He really gave back to his community.”

“Oh, that’s great,” I said. “All of that sounds really good, buddy.”

“Yeah, and he also invented games like Life and he also did some picture of Abraham Lincoln, but it didn’t workout after he grew a beard.”

“Oh, Milton Bradley grew a beard?” I asked not really clear on where this was headed.

“No, Lincoln,” he answered. I nodded. “So I am going to need an outfit and new shoes because I have to dress up to be him since he had a lot of money. Okay, Mom?”

“Yes,” I answered as I finished up the dishes.

“Oh, and I am going to need a beard, too,” he said.

“For Lincoln?” I asked.

“No, Mom, Milton” he exasperatedly added. I nodded.

As he walked out of the room, I didn’t realize any of those things about Milton Bradley. As far as I was concerned, he was just the name that was spoken at the end of commercials for The Game of Life when I was a kid.

I guess you really do learn something new everyday.

Love and Light for all of the little things, my friends.