When Kevin, and then Jeremy, were at TCU, I used to visit Hulen Mall in Fort Worth pretty regularly. It was sort of on the way to the university—just a matter of where one turned off I35. There was a Container Store in front of the mall, and right across the street there was a Border’s Bookstore. Lots to do. After graduation, Kevin moved to the Cultural District; Jeremy eventually moved over there, too. Kevin and April still live in that area. Jeremy and Sarah married and moved to Brooklyn. The Border’s moved much closer to Kevin and April. Then, that store closed down, and The Container Store moved into the old Border’s spot. So, all in all, I don’t have much reason to visit the Hulen Mall area any more. Until yesterday. I was on my way to hear a speaker at a Fort Worth library which was really close to the Mall, and I’m on a quest to find a skirt with pockets, which turns out to be a much more difficult task that any sensible person might imagine. Maybe it is nonsense, but I tried.
I still had an hour or so after a fruitless skirt search and went wandering around the mall. Lots of places I used to visit were gone. But I found a game store that looked interesting. There were quite a few games that I remember from, and played during, my childhood. Sort of.
Peter has become a game player. He’s good at Concentration-type games (find the matching pairs), and enjoys a version of HiHo Cherry-Oh. And he’s getting good at Candyland. (Okay, there’s not much skill at Candyland, but it can be very disappointing.)
Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people.
Luke 2:52 (Contemporary English Version)
God plans for all of us to grow wise and strong. He wants to be pleased with us, and He wants us to get along with people. One way we, as adults, help the children in our lives become wise and strong and capable of getting along is through games. Learning to follow rules, take turns, and cooperate can all be developed through games. Of course, we’ll need to be careful about the games we choose for kids. And we need to be good examples for kids and each other as we’re involved in those games. No throwing the Monopoly money if you lose. No gloating if you win. Okay?