facts in five

18 May

so we played this game last night called “Facts in Five” and it’s like a very convoluted, but more sophisticated precursor to Trivial Pursuits or Scattergories from the 1970’s.  Even our score sheets were 40 years old and I felt bad using them up.  We were in teams and at some point, Wade wandered over and wanted to join the team of Brooks and me, so just to be nice, Brooks let him play. 

Well, Wade is a natural.  I don’t know where he got the Midas touch, but everything the child touches turns to gold.  He can play any sport, solve any math problem, tame an unappeasable three year-old, charm the clerk at the airport convenience store, and play facts in five with a group of adults and hold his own.

I was most impressed with his ability to score the game.  It involved squaring your individual scores before adding them together…as though the inventors were tasked with the necessity of making it as tricky and long and unexpected as they possibly could…maybe they got a prize for that.

I didn’t know how to explain the verb “square” to Wade.  Well, you multiply the number by itself.  If our score is three, you multiply 3 times itself, which is what?  3.  right.   And if the score is 5, you multiply 5 times…right, 25.  He caught onto to squaring integers and had done all the necessary figuring before I could even explain it.

And he loved the game, and I expect that he loved being included.  Thank you, Brooks, for letting a little kid into the middle of your game.  I thought he might make us lose, but I knew you’d be a good sport about it.  Because that’s just who you are and it’s clearly how you were raised.  And it’s also my very favorite quality in a person, which is what I love so much about your family and the friends they attract.

And what did I learn?  That when you do something just to be nice, like allow a nine year-old a turn at a game that’s obviously too much for him, you could be securing your path to certain, actual victory.

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2 Responses to “facts in five”

  1. Esmer May 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Love it! Wade and Brooks are good eggs!

  2. btc May 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    we totally won.

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