To the untrained eye it might look like dad is being kind and letting his daughter win. If that is what you are seeing, then look a little closer. Actually what you are seeing is dad lose back-to-back games of Candy Land. The game is all about how the cards are stacked. (or in our case pile up since they are so bent) But, yes, I get it. There is no real skill involved in this game. But is it possible that my 5-year-old daughter actually has skill in this? There is another game she likes to play called Spot It. You spot things on cards and then you get that card. She will win those too. I think I am easily distracted or just too slow.
The other morning she got out Chutes and Ladders. I was making breakfast, so I couldn’t play. That didn’t matter to her. She just grabbed her toy dog, Max, and played with him. She would move him over to the board, spin for him, and then taunt him when he was not winning. Where does she come up with this stuff? I am fairly certain I would have lost that game also.
Kids have a way of slowing life down a bit. They want to stop and look at the caterpillar on the road. They want to slow down so we can look at the deer. They don’t have the same pressures on their time that we do. “Hey, dad, do you want to play Candy Land?” is a hard thing to turn down. And do you know what that does? It allows me to enter her world for just a little bit. The truth is I have things I need to get done. But what is the most important thing right now? I think I need to lose another game of Candy Land.
If you are alive today, you have opportunities to enjoy life. What is the most important thing right now? It might not be what you think it is.