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With 6 happy kids, life can be really fun around here! This blog is dedicated to the joys and sometimes chaos of having a large family. Okay, so it's always chaos around here, but fortunately, it's almost always fun, too!

Saturday, June 05, 2004


We've been on a game kick recently. Having six kids in 8 years has always meant that we've had lots and lots of babies and toddlers. (Well, maybe not lots and lots but a 2-year-old and a newborn at once can really seem like "lots and lots"!)

At any rate, we've never had much success in keeping games. We've had lots - Cherry-Oh!, Candyland, several Monopoly sets and Monopoly Jr., Chutes & Ladders, Guess Who, Clue, etc., etc. I grew up with lots of games, and we kept our games for years and years, so it was always a little disconcerting to me when my kids couldn't seem to keep their games, and for a while I just hesitated to buy them at all.

Well, I do think it is an age thing, as my kids have been keeping games better lately. We have a couple of Monopoly sets that get good use now, and I just got a Risk game for my 10-year-old son. And they've got Clue, and some others that are staying together and remaining usable.

My 13-year-old son found a Dungeons & Dragons board game at a thrift store recently, for 50 cents. How could I say no? It was just 50 cents, and in good condition. The character pieces were missing, but that was no big deal - they use Legos or pieces from their Monopoly set instead.

I did wonder at first if he'd suddenly grow thick glasses or start walking around talking in a fake English accent, like my friend who was a big D & D fanatic in junior high did. But, fortunately, my kids, being homeschooled, have no idea that there is such a thing as a "cool crowd". They just know that some kids are easy to get along with and some are more difficult. And some kids have more things in common with them, and others have less.

So -- my son is a brilliant young man, and very interested in lots of things, and has been playing D & D safely, with no additional signs of geekdom turning up. Not that I care, actually - his interest in science, and his tendency to view things as a scientist has already indicated that he's following in his daddy's footsteps, which is definitely a bit "geeky" but in the coolest possible way!