Everything’s a Competition

The Scene:  Interior suburban family home. A mother and her two teenage sons are seated around a wooden coffee table in the living room, playing the board game Risk. Her older son, who loves military history and geography, is rapidly gaining control of the Western Hemisphere. The mother marvels at the fact that he now has the patience to handle long, strategic board games. Her younger son, influenced by his Eastern European ethnicity and a recent interest in dictatorships, sets up Moscow as his home base and systematically conquers Asia. The mother hangs out in Africa and Australia as the two brothers conspicuously gang up on her. Secretly, she loves the fact that they are working together and considers it a bonus that the tediously long game appears to be winding down (or at least her role in it), although she has enjoyed the family time and hopes that her sons have as well. She smiles contentedly as she surrenders another territory.

Younger son: This may not be the appropriate time to mention this, but I can feel my first armpit hairs growing.

Older son (keeping his eyes on the board): Mine are longer than yours.

16 thoughts on “Everything’s a Competition

  1. Tera

    I already got excited when I saw: The scene I just love these little looks into yur life and home Tanya…but when I read the boys’ comments…oh my gosh, tears were jiggling down my face! Awesome!

    We love Riskj in our home too. And though Erwin is very competitive and wants to win, I’m kinda like you…hang out in my territories and kinda hope someone conquers me so the game can end a lil quicker with someone happy at the end of it 🙂 Sometimes, though, I get pretty psyched when I manage to overtake one of those lands with 5 or so extra little soldiers…haha

  2. Cheryl

    Ha! Too funny! It must be the age, because “T” just rushed in the bedroom last week to show me his first pit hair! I had to look hard, but I did finally see it! Exciting stuff, huh?! I’m always glad to be able to celebrate in the kids’ excitement, whatever they are celebrating – big or small! I’m glad they share it with me. :0)

  3. Lex Savko

    When you get into a military situation, you can’t have anyone step out of rank! LOL! I can’t wait to play Risk with the boys again.

  4. Tanya Savko Post author

    Yes, Aidan’s comment was funny enough, but then when Nigel popped off with his comment, I really lost it. They are so silly sometimes!

    Jules – the Eastern European portion of their ethnic background is mostly Carpatho Rusyn (from what’s now Slovakia) with a dollop of Polish mixed in as well.

    Cheryl – that’s a great one! I was going to ask you if your boys talked about that too – how funny that it was just last week!

    Eric – welcome! And thank you.

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