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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET In the wide gully next to our house on the edge of town sat a big tree that had been split by lightning, with one long, thick section of the trunk lying hori- zontally and suspended by branches a couple of feet off the ground. The tree became a fort from which we repelled outlaws or other enemies depending on the historical period we imagined. —Steve M. Difficult Play Memories Play can be fun, but it also can be painful or discouraging. Children fight over toys, friends, and rules. Children can feel left out and may not fit into the group. Children may get hurt, either emotionally or physically. Time to Reflect Think about a time you were sad or upset as a young child while playing. Answer the questions below: Where were you playing? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ What were you playing? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ What toys were you playing with? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Were you alone or with other children? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ 12 | Chapter 1 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL