#OTR50 Day 120: Stop and Play the Games

Yesterday, I spent the day at a gaming convention with my kid who plays all the geeky games of my youth and many, many more than I ever played.

This is a convention I’ve been going to on and off for some 20+ years. It’s still run by the same core team of gamers. I skipped at least a decade, but started going again when Jack started going with friends.

I usually wear my “chaperone mom hat” and not my “geek hat” at things like this. I’m there for my kid and there friends for the 8 hours.

Last year, Jack and I did stay on to play a late evening game together — A Science Fiction & Fantasy genre. For those not in the know, that means space travel with magic thrown in the mix.

This year, I didn’t game. I enjoyed watching and listening to the kids enjoy their fun. I also had the chance to catch up with a friend whom I haven’t connected with in ages as well as make a new friend in the form of one of the “new to gaming” moms in the group of kids.

I brought my laptop and managed to catch up on some email thereby getting ahead of the post-holiday catch up.

All in all, it was a good day.

The best part? Listening to Jack talk about his adventures throughout the day. And, I love that he learned two new board games including Show & Tile — which generated some fairly good laughter and silliness.



It was all a solid reminder to always find some time for fun, laughter, and staying connected.

246 Days to go.

© Randi Sumner

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