Thursday, May 03, 2007

Had To Happen Eventually...

I didn't expect this to happen so soon. I knew it would happen eventually, but already? This took me by surprise and I'm frankly more than a little unsettled.

My kid beat me at checkers fair and square. He won't be 6 yrs old until the end of next month. I lost to a small kid.

Sure, he's beat me at games before. Games that involve zero (adult) brain power or strategy. Games like CandyLand. Or Bingo. But checkers? Checkers involves elements of strategy. And I didn't dump to him to protect his fragile ego. I played as I would play anyone. I was looking out for #1. AND I LOST TO A 5 YEAR OLD.

I feel pretty brilliant at the moment.

Know how he did it? He managed to pull off a triple jump of 3 of my 4 kings. I totally didn't see it coming. But he did. And he killed me. I was obliterated. The only good thing that came of that game? I modeled what being a good loser looks like. That's the ONLY silver lining. Because losing so spectacularly to my kindergartener? Wasn't supposed to happen. Not yet. At least not fair and square. Maybe if I let him win. But I didn't. He fully beat me.

Life will never be the same. I think I can keep up the illusion of being a smart mom for a few more years, but I have to face the fact that my kid is now officially smarter than me. Now it's all going to be smoke and mirrors to keep him in line vs. blinding him with my intellect. I wonder how long that will last? I always knew Nicholas was smart, but I wasn't prepared to be put in my place so blatantly this soon.

Good for you, Nicholas. You outwit me. Bad for me. I hope you don't realize my short-comings for many more years. I'm clearly going to have to raise my game. It's ON, buddy. Bring it!

My kids are not into games. Well, I should say, they can't stay in one spot long enough to play a game. I often worry about the fact that they don't do more things like that but ...they really are so active. People wonder how I get them to go to bed at 7:30 or is because they are dog-tired from all the action during the day...but games...nope. I hope one day they start to like them...lest I get beat often...I'm sure I will really, I'm not good at them because I never played them much...because....I can't sit still long enough
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