My youngest, then a lovely eighteen years old says “Let’s play Scrabble”.

“Want to keep score?”

“No, well, alright” she replies a bit reluctantly.

I am confident, never having lost so I start out easy trying to keep things close. We play a few words and it’s close, twenty five to twenty-two. She takes out four tiles and pops APEX over a triple word score, thirty six points. She smiles over at me, raising one eyebrow ever so slightly, shouting without a single syllable “Take that!”

Do or die now, I scour my seven tiles, searching for points. Each play I make she counters brilliantly. I run endless permutations in my head but to no avail. She crushes me.

Secretly proud, but publicly aghast I offer “Play it back? One more?”

She laughs, “I think I will savor this for a bit” and skips daintily out of the room.

I’m still waiting.

Moral: It’s a good thing when our children can exceed us, ( but it still smarts a little )

27 Comments on “apex”

  1. This is a sweet story. Although ….. I hate loosing a Scrabble game to anyone.
    In the hospice my mom was at, they have the days activities on a chalkboard.
    One day I was reading the list and there it was…… 10:00 am – Scabble. Lol!

  2. ahaha! busted!
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  3. Paul says:

    My son is 29. I remember on his 15th birthday he put his mother and me in our places by exhibiting an understanding well beyond our combined years. He’s still doing that, yesterday he said, “Dad, I’m an adult now. I do have some life experience!”

  4. ericmvogt says:

    I agree! I couldn’t help my kids with math homework when they reached 7th grade! Nothing quite like a sound blow to dad’s ego! Lol

  5. Haha, I think she has a bit of her Dad in her, wouldn’t you say?

  6. janet says:

    Quit while you’re ahead is a true saying. 🙂

  7. this is the way it should be.
    We all know who the better is, the more experienced one is, and the most knowledgeable one.
    The child has to beat the father to be able to go on to become the father one day himself.

    You both won….

  8. mindfuldiary says:

    Haha. Great story. Had similar ecperience yesterday. My four year old, asked me to put a world map puzzle together. I was tired after a long day, so I tryied but mumbled that I guess some pieces are missing. I gave up without even trying. But not my 4 year old, he kept trying, until he figured it out and put the world map togehter. Not that he can read, nope. He just matched puzzle pieces according to the colours. ;D Needless to mention, I felt really happy that he has exceeded me already at the age of 4 years. Thanks for laugh and have a great weekend Bill!

    • billgncs says:

      your son showed you the power of being in the moment and totally focused.

      He sounds like quite a fellow!

      • mindfuldiary says:

        yeah, he is(smiling). He is such a source of inspiration (as is my little one through her quiet observing). Makes me wonder, at what point do these abilities get lost. Wish to find a way to help him not to loose it(as I’ve obviously have). Growing up is truly overrated. 😀

        • billgncs says:

          I don’t know about your culture, but ours races to expose kids to things before they are ready.

          It’s tough to be a young parent, but I think you get less stressed when you get a bit older, not so focused on image. It gets better line a fine wine.

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