For many, the retirement of the thimble piece from the Monopoly game is no big deal. To me, it’s a sad indication of where our world is today.

The thimble was the game piece that represented home, a mother’s skill at mending a shirt or making a lovely dress for picture day. It was the coveted jewel in my first sewing kit. It was the one item in the supply kit you got in home economics class, that if you lost it you had to pay 29 cents to replace at the end of the school year. It also represented “Happy Thoughts” in the story of Peter Pan.

A thimble is not just a thimble.

Darlene Steele


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