Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fish Out of Water

Tonight, as we were leaving the restaurant where we ate dinner, my nephew asked if we could make a stop at the local gaming store.  Since we were in no hurry and had no where to be, we walked the block or so to The Labyrinth so the kids could have a look around.

This, my friends, is a foreign land with its own strange language to me.

One would think that I would have some basic knowledge of the world of games such as Dungeons and Dragons, given that my brother and his friends would spend hours at our house playing.  I might have tried at one point to learn, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Now my girls play D & D and  Magic: The Gathering when we come up to visit my brother.  Tonight I bought my nephew The Settlers of Cataan as a birthday gift.  The kids are in the other room as I write, figuring out how to play this new game.

Sometimes I wish I understood these games more than I do, so that when my brother is playing with the kids I could play, too.  There is much laughter and moaning and groaning as the campaigns move along.  They are definitely all having fun.

But it's also nice to watch my girls have this thing with their uncle and cousins. They all speak this language, and while I don't understand it, I don't feel left behind.

Sometimes being a fish out of water gives you the opportunity to see things in a new way.


  1. It's nice to know that there are things your daughters like to do that you don't. And to learn for yourself that they can have their separate lives and you don't feel left out. Nice slice.

  2. My kids were never really into video games like some kids are. But many of students are, and yes, I feel like a fish out of water when they tell me about them. That is another world to me!

  3. I play one game, Plants vs Zombies and it's just enough to enjoy sitting next to two kids who have moved way beyond me but it's still a good ticket for my admission into the gaming club.
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