Friday, May 1
Me so DUMB!!!!!
I don't know if any of you know about a kids game called "Grounders", so I'll sort of explain it. One person is "it", and the rest all try not to get caught, so far, basically tag, right!?! Here's the catch, it's played on a jungle gym or other play structure and the person who is "it" has to keep their eyes closed while on the structure, only being allowed to open them when he/she goes to the ground in order to catch someone. Unlike with tag, there is no "safe" place to stand and catch your breath, you're moving constantly, but want to be as quiet as you can so whoever's "it" doesn't have a clue as to where you are. There, I think I've got the basics of it!
Yesterday I seem to have forgotten just how old I am, Munchkin was done her homework and was bored, and she CONVINCED me that it would be a GOOD IDEA to play "Grounders". Oh boy was she ever wrong, it was not a good idea at all, it was a very very very BAD IDEA! Because I had never played the game before, she explained the rules to me, but made changes on my behalf. She decided that I didn't have to have my eyes closed when I'm "it", and that we'd play it with walking only, no running. My goodness she was being nice and considerate of my age! She also decided that she'd be "it" first, fine by me as I knew once I was caught I wouldn't be able to catch her in return, so I just had to keep from getting caught.
Here we are, climbing all over the play structure, I was hiding in the slide tube and on boards under the structure. I'd sneak off the structure onto the sidewalk, anything to keep her from knowing where I was and catching me. The game was going great, I was thinking to myself that we should play this more often! I was getting cocky! Here we had been playing for 15 minutes, and she hadn't even been close to catching me yet, heheheee, I was good!
Suddenly, here I was at a dead end part of the structure, where the only place I could go without her catching me was down the chain ladder. I start to climb down and then it happened. My foot got caught in the chain, and my hands slipped. Down I fell straight onto my tailbone first, then hit my head on our nice pebble ground. I was winded, I was hurt, I was seeing stars. I thought to myself, "Damn I'm dumb, who do you think you are that you could keep an 11 year old vetran of Grounders at bay?"
The good thing is that for 15 minutes we were having fun playing together, not necessarily something we do all that often. Bad news is that my pride was bruised, I got cocky and paid the price. Yeah I still hurt a bit, but that's the price of having fun sometimes. Like Silv said, "It's all fun till someone looses an eye, or in this case, breaks their back!" to which I replied "Yes Daddy!" :D