Caine’s Arcade

April 14, 2012

Have you seen this video?? Caine’s Arcade has 1.7 million views on YouTube so far and be ready for the numbers to keep growing. I was on TerraSavvy and saw this 10 minute feature on a 9-year-old boy from East L.A who built his own arcade from cardboard boxes. I was sobbing by the middle of the video. So inspiring!

Caine reminded me of the kids I grew up with in Chicago…Little Village. Of growing up in Cicero and Berwyn and how sometimes talented, gifted children are overlooked in so many cities because of underfunded schools, because parents need children to work instead of having them study…sigh. It also reminded me of how many kids are spotted, are given the chance because someone like this one man, who discovered Caine and uplifted him, will make him believe that he can do anything…that what he does is important. Talent and determination is everywhere. Encouraging our children should be everywhere as well.

Caine also reminded me of my oldest, Diego, and how creative, how imaginative, how resourceful little kids can be! We have the amazing opportunity to offer Diego anything and everything that we didn’t have and Caine pulled my heart strings because I know there are so many kids out there like Caine…who won’t get an opportunity for a chance.

Promise not to cry too hard. Think of all the amazing things we can now offer our children and how we can also reach out to offer to others. Be inspired!

Your Friend,


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  • Reply Nancy April 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Oh Betty I knew I did not want to see that video, it brought so many tears and memories. When I was a child I had this two amazing little friends, bother and sister that they had every toy imaginable in their toy room, their father had built canines on all four walls of their toy room to store and organize all the toys that he would bring to them from the USA, all I could dream about was to play in their house, and I did as many times possible, what I love most of playing with them is that they were very kind and selfishness and they did seem to enjoy me being there. What it’s more incledable is that even thought they had all the toys imaginable, they were very creative and they end up building a grocery store I thought that was the best toy ever we would spend hours playing in their grocery store, they would reclycle every used box or can of food and use it in their grocery store, they had fruits and vegetables and even a grocery cart. Also as we were becoming teenagers we were staring to get interested in other things so my friends Crystal and Rudy would organized small dance parties in their house. They had a disco ball smoke machine and goo in the dark bracelets and neckeses. We would make flyers and would pass then around to kids our age to get invited to our dace parties, it was an amazing childhood growing with talented and creating kids like them, but I know that it was their parents support and encouraging that they received that made them become amazing kids then and now.

  • Reply Sleeping Mom April 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    That’s pretty amazing. I still have fond memories of my childhood playing club house, building forts and turning regular toys into whatever we wanted. It’s so wonderful when we can encourage that in our kids.

  • Betty
    Reply Betty April 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks Ladies! I loved Caine’s story!!!!

  • Reply Heather April 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I try every single year to make my students believe that they can reach any goal that they have in mind. I give them advice on scholarships, tuition, etc. because I never had that help growing up. My household consisted of a single parent who worked and was never given the chance to attend college because she had to help her mother.
    My students listen and ask so many questions because conversations about these topics might be rare at home. I try to guide them and tell them how lucky they are to be so young with so many possibilities in the future.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty April 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      I know you are an awesome teacher. The best teachers I had showed me that there was a BIG world out there to explore! xoxo

  • Reply Caro April 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    So touching.

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