Custom Search





The Importance Of

Background Action

January 19, 2017

One must truly marvel at the sweet innocence that is a young child’s perspective on playtime. This wonderment occurred to me when my grandson, a.k.a. the Tot, (though now he prefers Gabe) first got his feet under him and learned to verbalize his wants for fun. His idea of a perfectly wonderful time was expressed simply with, “Let’s run around!” which consisted of literally nothing more than just that. No destination, no purpose, let’s just run around, laugh and be happy. Now of course as adults we ruin the whole thing; because to do this as adults comes across as quite looney. So we make a game of it. It’s a chase, it’s a race and now the child finds purpose in all this running around; though in retrospect we seemed a lot happier when we were just running around.

The same can be said for the way a child initially chooses to interact with toys. “It’s fun to bounce this ball!” “Oh how it makes me laugh!” Because I never know what’ll happen next when I throw it down! “Look at it go!” Of course once again adults intervene and suck the fun right out of it or at least redefine it. There must be a target or goal, a distance or action to accomplish, the fun must become a game. In an adult’s logical mind there must be some purpose. Whether intentional or not this logic is visibly impressed upon the child as playtime becomes a more interactive activity. This becomes very apparent as a child graduates from toys with colorful buttons and flashing lights (that basically play with themselves) to ones that require them to administer their imagination.

Eventually a child moves beyond basic toys (along with their adult influenced complexities) and takes interest in life miniatures. Toy cars and trucks, dolls and play kitchens and of course small, handheld people. Luckily at the House-o-Saw we were able to obtain a full set of vintage Fisher Price Little People. These are the classics with little fist sized bodies so their heads can be easily chewed or sucked on…especially the baby Little People (or would that be person? When do little people become little persons?)…why in hell do all kids like to chew that Little People babies head? Anyway…we’ve got the airport, the family house and even a McDonalds. What we didn’t have, (much to the Tot’s disappointment), was his family… the Little People version.

Finding a Little People with a hat to be Pappy a.k.a. me and a dog to represent our pets was easy. A freckle faced redhead to be Grammie, a.k.a. the wife Lil Red, was a challenge. But all were obtained and happy play ensued. Adventures as the Lil folk drove around town and visited, climbed Toy-Box Mountain and trips to the airport to fly to McDonalds became the norm. Though you did have to be careful to hold the jet’s door shut or the Little People fell to their little deaths. Yes, all was well in the land of Little People, for our little person…till the dragon came.

The Dragon (also Fisher Price) could open its wings and make flying noises when you squeezed its handle. It would also stretch its neck out, down, bite, retract and make chewing noises. It took the Tot about 5 seconds to discover it could easily eat Little People. So now the game had changed. Every story unfurled with the peaceful little town being set up (this takes about 20 minutes to meet Tot specifications) for the sole purpose of being devastated; its citizens, one by one, falling prey to the terror of the red dragon. Tot of course was the dragon. It was mine and Grammie’s job to set up the town and ensure chaos when the dragon arrived. “Make them scream and run away” were our basic instructions.

As time passed (as it too quickly does) he tired of the dragon’s attacks on the town, due in part to us fighting back by flying the jet into it on a few occasions. He moved on as little boys do to dinosaurs and Transformers. It seemed the Little Town would be abandoned to the toy-shelf but alas such was not the case, due to the process of storytelling being incorporated into imaginative play the Little Town still lives. Sometimes it’s a Jurassic adventure with dinosaurs over-running the town (cue - make them scream and run away). At other times the good robots would defend and sometimes be assisted by the Lil folk against attacks by bad robots or dinosaurs…and sometimes a dragon.

In short, though it was not our initial intentions, we have helped him to gain an understanding and become fully aware of the importance of background action. That even though some toys aren’t the “star” of the current imagine-time theatre production their roles are still important when having an adventure or telling a good story. Hopefully this is a lesson he will carry into his later years: Being aware that a good supporting cast is always helpful to make imagination as well as reality a more wonderful experience.

I welcome almost all questions and comments via FOCUS, or email me at or you can FRIEND me on Facebook under Saw’s Brood!

Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




And then...the cat CAME BACK!

Happy USED Year?

No. 52

‘Twas The Night Before KRAMPUS

It’s The Thought

You Are Nothing More Than A Disgruntled Who!

It’s such a good vibration...such a sweet CESSATION!

A Warm Helping Of Frigid Poultry


Dungeons And Dragons And All Things EVIL?

Old Man Chainsaw

Helloween 4: What Are You Afraid Of?

Helloween III: Tot vs Monster Under The Bed!

There is nothing to fear but fear itself… and BEARS! ALWAYS FEAR BEARS!

One Last Razzle Dazzle Smokin’ Hail Mary Pass

Life’s Mysteries Lying
Within The Windowsill

Time Flies When?

The Other Birthday Party

Across The Rainbow Bridge

Ten More Uncomfortable Questions?

The cReAtURe

Bemusement Park Attraction

A Passing Interest In Political Masonry

Gotta Catch 'Em All?

Tis The Wink Of A Breath

A Darker Shade Of Summertime Blue

Still Littering?

H2-Oh How Fire Works

Pessimistic Optimism


The Pover-Ties That Bind

Zombisaurus Rex

Apocalypse...right now? Congratulations, You’ve Survived The Apocalypse!

Where The Wild Things Were

A Hundred Thousand To One,& Eleven Things I Will Never Write

Selfie-Centered Society


Who Paints The Hammers?

Open For Interpretation


FUN TYme ? of TRiViAL! wiF John Q.

I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost... Busters...Remake?

Springing Forward To The Past

Remember: ‘Funeral’ Starts With FU!

Deadpool Vs. Chainsaw

Revealed Carry

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Trash...But Sometimes It’s Collectable Trash

Timeless Testing

Definitively Undead

Do You Want To Psychologically Deconstruct A Snowman?

powerBALL $1.5 Billion You’ll Never See, or A Really Powerful Ball

Heading For A Eulogy

Resolution Resolvent

Wondering Around Wandering


The GHOSTS Of Christmas Present

Happy Hellidays A special hate the holidays rant

Tis The Season


Memoir From The Soviet Union

The Incredible BULK

Requiem For A Deer

Hell-O-Ween 2015 Chainsaw vs The Devil

Hell-O-Ween 2015: Trick or Treating With John Q

Hell-o-ween 2015 Trap Door To Hell

Hell-O-Ween 2015 The Absence of Light

HELL-O-WEEN 2015 • There is nothing to fear but fear itself? Actually, there’s way more!

Gone Squirrelly

Close In-Counter The Crooked Man

Chainsaw’s Guide To“Fun”damental Gun Safety

Older And...Wiser?

So...You Want Me To Put It... On The Dash?

Acts Of Lethargy

High Noon In The TempleOf The One-Eyed God

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

A Part Apart

Chainsaw’s Guide To Handgun Safety

.38 Special

Littering In Review!


Preparing To Alienate Yourself

Father’s Day?

We Are All Immortal... At Least Until We Die

Boggin Me Down

Comic Relief

5 Minutes Later...

Godzilla Was Misunderstood

Happy Bunnies’ Last Stand! Or, The Rise Of The Content And Yet Paranoid Squirrels!

Smurf The Whole Day Through!

Running With Scissors

Back In 5 Minutes...

We’re All Mad Here!

Building Up To It

Graveside Trivia With Frank

Before You Can Begin Sifting Through The Ashes

Daylight WASTE Of Time

Just Thinking Out Loud Here

There’s Bacon Loose In The Freezer

Stop Thinking Like A People

Sit, Roll Over, Play Dead...Now, Reanimate

Of Chainsaws And Puppy Paws

Cult Classic Or Pop Culture Corpses

A Chainsaw Classic:Exhaustipated

Living Within The Sliding Puzzle

Resolutions In Higher Resolutions

2015 As It Falls Apart

It’s A Wonderful Life?

How The Grinch Didn’t Bother Stealing Christmas

Room To Move: A Christmas Story

10 Uncomfortable Questions

Thanks...For Nothing

All In Due-Over Time

Stuff To Give Thanks For, Because After All, It’s Thanksgiving

30 Days

Hell-o-ween 4 Do You Believe In Ghosts?

Hell-O-Ween 3: Suburban Legends

Hell-O-Ween 2 The Bloody ‘55

Hell-O-Ween - There Is Nothing To Fear But FearItself...And Low-Flying Ducks!

Why Would You Want To Catch A Cold?

Technologically AdvancedOr Obsessed?

The Chainsaw Hard Drive

Of The Apes

I Don’t Know...What Do You Wanna Do?

And Then...One Year Later...

Is It Hopeless Or Should We Hope Less

Are There Alternate Realities?

Questionable Perception

Literally Speaking

He’s In The Closet

The Eclector

Littering Is Delusional!

Sis Boom BAH

Fear...Of The Bat!

CLOSED The Road To Imagination

Toy Box Terrors

Fire Trucks, Some Fencing And A Potential Kazoo

Grasping For A Gasp

Commercial Messages

Lilies Considered

The Passage Of Furry Little People

Broken Conversation Pieces

Momentary Lapse Of Realization

During The Zombie Apocalypse

And You Can Drive It Off The Lot...TODAY!!!

Th-th-that’s Not All, Folks!

Relation Termination

Bound & Determined

Waste of Saving Time

They Oft Go Awry


Mud and Memories

The Devil Came Down, Part 2

The Devil Came Down

Chainsaw’s Random Trivia Tidbits Or Useless Crap You Probably Don’t Know

Undead Offensive

Estranged Stranger

The Wee-wee Hours Of The Morning

Trying To Stay Focused

Annual Demise

‘Twas The Night Before Santa Claus Was Coming To Town!

Slay Bells Ring

Embracing The Holidays...In A Strangle Hold!

The TRUTH About Thanksgiving!

Stuff To Be Thankful For, Because After All, It Is Thanksgiving

Used Children

Primitive Mind Set


HELL-O-WEEN 3: Co$tumes

HELL-O-WEEN 2 Is It The Devil’s Holiday?

Helloween Left In The Dark

To The Naked Eye

Something Else

Trivia To Soothe The Savages


For Decades

Lights... Camera... Distraction

Webster’s DictionaryThe Chainsaw Edition Vol. 2

Webster’s Dictionary THE CHAINSAW EDITION, Vol. 1

You Only Get One

Picture Imperfect

Can You Imagine Dragons?

Putting The ‘Itch’ In

Grow Up!!!

Night of the Living Dead...Alligators?

Littering Is Still Bad!!!


Bulimic Nation

Warning: This Article May Contain Nuts!


A Better Mousetrap

A Little Soul-Rending


The Battle En...Shoes?

Americana Forgotten! A Train Of Thought Ride

The Evil Dead

Shooting From The Hip

Reminiscing A Dump...Truck

Another Good Friday

Political Race...ism?

Seven Stages

The Joke


The Bear And I

Scouting It Out

Chainsaw’s Dating Guide





BannerEventAd-01.jpg   fanjoylabrenz.jpg

PO Box 1721 | Hickory, NC 28603 | 828.322.1036 | Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm |

Home • Reviews: MoviesAdam Long • Editorials: FocusHave Chainsaw Will TravelSid On SportsBobbi GSara MawyerPeople PicturesPlaces/PeopleExtra Events Listing
Out Of Focus • News: Local NewsNational NewsHoroscopes • Info/Links: Staff/ContributorsList Of AdvertisersOnline AdvertisingOnline ClassifiedsContact UsFocus BLOGStoreLinks

© 1978 - 2018 Tucker Productions, Inc.