I ADMIT IT, I'M A GAMER
...And It's Okay
I am so hooked. Show me a game, and I almost can't refuse. Board games, card games, games done with paper and pencils on a brown paper bag - gotta' play.
I never intended to be a gamer, and the first time I was called a gamer, I didn't even know what it meant. We were at a church sleepover with my grandchildren, and while playing dominoes someone said, "Wow pastor you are a gamer!" I had to laugh, but after I thought about it, I had to agree.
From the time I was a little, small, Black child we played games. I learned to count playing dominoes. I learned to spell playing scrabble. I learned to budget and count money playing Monopoly. Friday night was game night in my grandparents house. I learned my books of the Bible having fastest find contests in BYTU (Baptist Youth Training Union) on Sunday nights. Games of 'Hide & Seek, Chinese Checkers, Mother May I, Kick The Can, Hop Scotch, etc were an important part of our everyday lives, and to our growth.
Games played with others, whether they were adults or other children aided in building confidence, let us know that being competitive was a good thing. Playing games taught us about rules, and if you wanted to play without drama, you needed to follow the rules. Games can teach us how to play life. I'm thankful to have had parents who used simple games to help prepare me for life outside our home. They used the game table on Friday nights as a vehicle to talk about common everyday things.
I may be mistaken since I don't have little kids any more, but I see more individual computor games than games that involve thee or more people. Sitting in front of a computor as I too often do now, doesn't seem to add to the creative or cognitive process that pople to people games do. I love computor games, but if I'm not winning I can turn it off and start over again. With people you have to play it out r stomp out withan attitude. That in itself is a lesson that would be immidiately addressed, of what not to do and why.
I hope that as I get older I will continue to play games, with gusto.