Something transpired this past weekend that defies explanation. Maybe the planets aligned in a particular way or our souls traded places during our sleep, but in any case, the net result was your mother sitting in front of my computer for the better part of the weekend (e.g., 6+ hours) playing Candy Crush Saga while I spent that time cleaning the apartment, which is a role reversal from days of old.
It is very amusing to me only because it highlights a part of your mother’s personality I find so endearing and brings to mind a couple of funny stories. Seeing her sit in front of the computer clicking away and occasionally requesting a glass of water is reminiscent of our recent trip to the Macau casino floors where your mother killed it on the slot machines for many hours. (I was only good for losing every dollar sheearned.) And if you ask her, she’ll openly tell you the similarities between Candy Crush Saga and the Megabucks Emerald Seven’s progressive slots…her superstitious behavior, the bright lights and colors, the falling patterns, the combos, the satisfaction of “winning.” It is very cute to me.
Then there’s the story I make your mother tell me over and over again whenever I want to imagine how you’ll turn out or I am in need of a good laugh. She was eight and addicted to playing Risk (the board game) online, so much so her parents moved the family computer into the kitchen to “monitor” her. She recalls often winning and striking up conversations with 20-something-year-olds, asking them “What are you up to?” to which they would respond with something generic like “Watching the ball game”, all the while she is thinking to herself how bad they are at the game. That always cracks me up.
Regardless, good for your mother to play so much Candy Crush Saga. I’ve been very encouraging about this this cultural exchange so she better understands (and is reminded of) the fun and addictive nature of games. If not for my future game-playing days, then definitely for yours! So whenever she starts nagging you about playing too much, you should stop playing, but tell her, “Hey mom, remember Candy Crush Saga?”