I haven’t done a “Throwback Thursday” in a while so I thought I’d do one. Except, this time, I won’t be talking about one specific game, but mainly about a friend I used to game with a lot.
I started babysitting for a boy my cousin went to school with back in 2009. It was my first babysitting gig and I had just started working in a preschool as I was newly 16-years-old. This boy was 7-years-old and had an older brother, 10, and a younger sister, 6. I babysat for them for seven years until they got old enough that they didn’t need me anymore.
As they years went by, I turned out to be more like a friend, or sister, to them to help drive them to and from appointments and such rather than make sure they didn’t burn the house down when no one was home.
The boys were very much into video games and when I had first met them, we were both excited when we found out we both played Pokemon. I think, at first, the parents thought it was odd that I was into video games, but they were happy that I had something in common with the kids.
All three kids are special ed., with ADD or Autism among other disabilities. So, for the 7-year-old, video games and the computer were an outlet for him. It was an outlet for all of them, but mainly him. Because they played it so much, they were only allowed a certain amount of screen time during the day, but I made the most of it.
We played Pokemon together, Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and more, such as Magic: The Gathering and trading Pokemon cards. We watched Let’s Plays on YouTube and could talk for hours about a specific game willing each other to get this game and that one.
I just saw them last weekend for lunch since I’ll be feeding their guinea pigs and fish while they’re on vacation. He’ll be 15 in two weeks and even though we haven’t seen each other since September, not much has changed, but a lot has changed at the same time.
He’s huge, for one thing. Being about eight years older than him, I stand just under his shoulders. But the big thing was that he was excited to show me his new video game gadgets. He got a new mouse and mouse pad plus a new desktop computer for gaming.
We ended up talking quite a while about various game equipment and the like. It was refreshing to talk to him about that stuff again.
Even though we haven’t seen each other in quite a while, it was as though nothing has changed.
Do you have anyone you have gaming in common with like that? Did you ever get close to someone through gaming? Let me know in the comments below!