A silver lining to the pandemic is the time families are spending together. I have read so many stories of parents and children taking walks together and talking. I mean really talking. Families are reading and writing together. Families are playing games and learning new things.
My children were home one day this week. Megan is a teacher, and Ethan is a behavior coach who works with at-risk kids, so they are both working from home. Ethan lives an hour away and while he was home, they decided to play a game together.
"Do you want to play Mancala?"
He goes and gets the game out of the closet and sets it up. He goes first.
"What are you doing? That's not how you play?"
"Yes, it is."
"Why did you take those?"
"Because you can do that when a spot is empty."
"No, you can't. I'm not playing anymore. You are making up the rules."
"No, I'm not."
I ask, "Are the rules in the box? Read them." Sounds like a logical thing to do when there is a disagreement over the rules.
He looks in the box and pulls out the rules. He takes a minute to read them and then puts the game away.
"Hmmm..." I think. "I wonder who was right?" I knew better than to ask.
And did I mention that my children are 27 and 23 years old?
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