30 Days of Thanks #29- Hope for the Next Generation

Throughout the month of November I am writing about the first thing for which I am consciously thankful each day. I am doing this simply as a way to be more intentionally grateful. For more on this project, check out the first one or even last year’s 30 Days of Thanks.

Want a metaphorical kick in the proverbial seat of your ego’s hypothetical pants? Play Disney Scene it with an eight-year-old girl.

If you’ve never played one of the Scene It games the rules are really simple: You roll the dice, move your token the correct number of spaces, then answer a question either off of a card or a DVD. If you answer the question correctly, your turn continues and you get to keep repeating the process until you miss. The first one to get around the board and answer a final question wins the game.

If you know all the answers, you can win in one just turn. The makers of the game realized this and put in a few ways to end your turn without missing. If the die says to draw a Buzz card, your turn ends. If you roll an “All Play”, everyone gets to answer the next question and if you don’t answer first, your turn is over. I’m telling you all of this to set up how badly I was humiliated.

Sammie had three separate turns ended by drawing a Buzz card that sent her backward two spaces. She rolled four separate “All Play”s, never rolled a number higher than a four, and still beat me and Jack by over half the board. She answered every “All Play” on the first clue, got all but one of her questions right, won the only tiebreaker of the game (paper, scissors, rock) and still had time to complain that my questions were too easy!

Yep, I got beat like a drum, like I stole something, like a Black Friday shoplifter, like a Cinco de Mayo piñata, like a rented mule, like a dead horse attending a Presidential debate…and I enjoyed every minute of it.

There’s something awesome about realizing your kids are better than you in certain areas. Granted, Disney trivia isn’t all that important, but her mastery of it gives me hope that the generation of kids I raise will rise above my level in more meaningful ways.

Today, November 29, I am thankful for the chance to influence three young lives and hopeful that I can guide them in the correct paths.

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About Jeff Postlewaite

high school principal since '07, father since '04, teacher since '03, husband since '03, sound tech since '96, UVA fan since '92, gadget junkie since '89, Christian since '88, Giants fan since '84, golfer since '83, brother since '83, human since '81

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