Something is fishy

I grew up with my grandparents.

They were older. Not the type of parents that run with you in the park or play frisbee. They were old school. The type that told me to play in my room while they did adult things. But they made up for it with love and attention that most children can only dream off.

We spend time together in the evenings and played lots of board games and chess. My grandpa was brilliant, my grandma… Well let’s just say the woman has a heart of gold. And luck with cards.

I must have been about my son’s age when they bought me a memory game. It had 50 pairs, they were made of hard plastic and came in a pretty blue box. The images were graphic design like and the other side was just plain white. My grandma and I played it almost every day. I always won. That was probably one of the reasons they thought I was a genius. Which I might be. But the reason I always won was because I cheated. Kind of. See the design that was printed on the squares was very colorful. And as they were printing them, tiny little specks of paint splattered here and there. I memorized the ones that had a splash of purple, a green dot or a silver line going across it. They were so hard to see but I would scan the squares as we laid them face down and knew where at least five pairs were. The rest was easy. I am sure children have better memory then women eligible for a free senior’s bus pass.

I never really came clean about that. As years went by I started winning chess games with grandpa, card games with them both and Risk. On my own merit. The funny thing is that even as an adult when visiting them, grandma would pull out the memory game and I would remember the splash of purple, green dot and the silver line. Perhaps I have good memory after all.

The other day Little J asked if I wanted to play Go fish. He laid all the carton fish down, set up a purple boat for me, a green one for Bruce the Shark, Orange one for Simmy Sim and blue one for him. He took turns for him and his imaginary friend and I helped the stuffed shark and fished for my own win. Our glass dinning table is by no means small, but Simmy Sim is rather clumsy it seems and he kept knocking the fish down, which Little J was kind enough to pick up from the floor. From under the table. Glass table. See through glass table…

My 4 year old won the game. A few times in a row. He might be a genius. Trust me, it takes one to know one.

Bruce the Shark trying hard not to eat the fish. Photo is from my Instagram.

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  1. Jason via Facebook March 1, 2012 at 19:25 #

    It runs in the family. You might say “if you are not cheating you are not trying”. That said, he has developed this on his own!

  2. Greta March 1, 2012 at 19:29 #

    Twitter: gfunkified
    Hee hee! That’s what memories are made of….both you and your grandparents and you and Little J.

  3. [email protected] March 1, 2012 at 21:00 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I think genius with games run in your family :)
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  4. Aramelle {One Wheele March 1, 2012 at 22:13 #

    A genius, indeed! :)

    I spent much of my childhood living with my grandparents, also, and our evenings sound similar to yours. Reading your post brought me back to the days of eating dinner, cleaning up the kitchen, then gathering around the table for a game of cribbage.
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  5. Buckeroomama March 2, 2012 at 02:38 #

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    Hahaha, I enjoyed reading this!

    Little J was being helpful, that’s all…. nothing else. Absolutely nothing else. ;-p
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  6. Twisted Domestic Goddess March 2, 2012 at 05:34 #

    haha reminds me of the time I played You Might Be a 5th grader with my kids when Kenna was only in first grade. She was already reading quite well and the card slides into those red decoder things for the answers. She got EVERY answer right asked to her till I realized she was sitting next to me and could read through the decoder from where she was. I was sure she was a genius for about 2 days till I figured it out.
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  7. Lenore March 2, 2012 at 06:44 #

    Twitter: Lenore_Diane
    The old ‘play on the glass table’ trick. Clever, Little J. Very clever.
    Mark this down as another priceless moment in the life of parenting and playing games with kids.
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  8. Life As Wife March 2, 2012 at 07:01 #

    Haha like mother like son!
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  9. Jamie March 2, 2012 at 09:13 #

    Twitter: chosenchaos
    An eye for the details at such a young age!! memory is my FAVORITE game. Excuse me while i go find ours to play today after naps!
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  10. Ally March 2, 2012 at 09:33 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    Best story of the day!!

    I grew up with my grandparents as well, as they took my very young mom and me in so my mom could go to college. We played many games over the years. Such sweet memories!
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  11. Julie March 2, 2012 at 09:35 #

    Really, like mother like son! But the idea f such a nice cheat makes you son a real genius! I had always cheated in memory games, too:)
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  12. Kim Pugliano March 2, 2012 at 10:39 #

    Twitter: GisSilent
    Ahhhh.a chip off the ole block!!!!
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  13. Gina March 2, 2012 at 11:01 #

    im going with you having a great memory because you had to remember the colors. Very cute story about Little J. Apples never fall far…
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  14. Sensible Moms March 2, 2012 at 11:33 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    Love this!! Kids are so darn smart! Sweet piece!

  15. OTandET March 2, 2012 at 21:03 #

    Twitter: otandet
    This brought back memories of playing card games and rummy cube with my grandparents. Such happy memories! My grandma was the biggest cheat ever. We totally had to watch her. Your story made me smile so big. I keep waiting for Otto to try to cheat at board games but he’s probably a little too guileless still. Although I can tell already that he’s gonna be a huge cheat someday. I can’t wait! For now we still cheat to let him win *most* of the time.
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  16. Audrey March 3, 2012 at 16:19 #

    Ha ha ha this totally made my day imagining that happening :)
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  17. jacqui March 3, 2012 at 16:42 #

    Twitter: chicktuition
    Just as I suspected…Little J is as brilliant as his mother! Maybe he can teach me some of his skills…
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  18. Leighann March 4, 2012 at 11:37 #

    What a wonderful memory!!
    I wish my parents had played more games with us.
    They were great parents but not very hands on.
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  19. Cookie's Mom March 4, 2012 at 18:37 #

    Twitter: SJM_CookiesMom
    Hee hee. He’s definitely a genius! :)
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