Tuesday, July 10, 2007

We Represent the Lollipop Guild

We took Son to visit some family over the weekend. GPop's aunt and uncle from gulf-side sunny Florida had come to visit GPop's parents, and Son had never met them. It was a good visit, but it wasn't as long as we would have liked.

On the way back, we were able to stop and visit Brother 1, Sister-in-Law 1, and Beautiful Niece 1.1. They live in the in-law suite at Mom's house, so we saw Mom there, too. As an extra bonus, Brother 3 happened to be there, too, so we had a good time.

Son wanted to play Munchkin, or more specifically, Super Munchkin. GPop and I play the various Munchkins with Son on a pretty regular basis, and our friends generally like to play, too. Part of the game is to be ruthless to your fellow players, and Son seems to have that down pat. He wins more than you'd expect if you anticipated a flat distribution over the number of players and times played.

Mom didn't quite understand the game. For some reason, probably that her professional career as an elementary school teacher has kept her in the company of 10-year-olds for 30 years rather than the awkward 13 to (whatever age I am) age group, she isn't really into games that spoof superhero origins, sidekicks, nemeses, and gadgetry. You'd think that after so many years of at least Brother 1 and me, that some would have soaked in by simple osmosis. Maybe Brother 2's athletic jockiness and Brother 3's good looks and popularity sanded away any accretions of maternal nerdity.

I guess Mom mentioned this to Grandma when she spoke to her, because Grandma ribbed me via e-mail that I was too hard on Mom with that game.

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