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imaginary poor family they were interested in, and they planned about them every night,—how much the father earned, what their rent was, whether the mother oughtn't to take in washing, whether the eldest girl could be spared to go into service, and so on. When they weren't allowed to talk at night they carried the family history on independently and compared notes in the morning."
Making plans is always interesting, but particularly so just before Christmas, when presents have to be arranged for.
The favourite way is to imagine that you see a flock of sheep scrambling through a gap in the hedge, and to count them. A variety of this is a desert with a long train of camels very far off, coming slowly near, and then passing and gradually disappearing in the far distance. Counting a million is also a good way.
A good thing to do in bed when getting better from an illness is to cut out pictures for scrapbooks. Any kind of cutting out can be done, as the scissors and paper are very light and do not, therefore, tire the arms. " Patience" (see page 66) is also a good bed game, because it needs very little thought.
In A Child's Garden of Verses there is a poem called " The Land of Counterpane," which tells what a little boy did when he was ill, lying among the pillows with his toys :—
And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden soldiers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bed-clothes, through the hills ;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets All up and down among the sheets, Or brought my trees and houses out And planted cities all about.
For getting to sleep.
Games for convalescents.