Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cutes & Ladders

No, that isn't a typo. My kids found a way to make the game even more fun (and I can't resist a good play on words.)

I was going through some old pictures recently, and came across these. I took them about a year ago, not long after my kids had gotten really into playing Chutes & Ladders. They were having fun, but eventually even they started to see the monotony of the game. So they decided to spice it up a bit and replace the little cardboard pieces that came in the box with some of their other little toys. They tried a few different ones, but finally decided that these worked the best.

Once again, without even realizing it, my kids have managed to share a great allegory of life's ups and downs. Or, more specifically, how to deal with those ups and downs without getting bored or frustrated.

Because doesn't life sometimes feel like a giant game of Chutes & Ladders? We struggle to get ahead, toiling away with all our might, only to get smacked down by a hefty dose of reality. We do this again and again, sometimes dealing with little set-backs, and sometimes falling so far that we can start to wonder if we're ever going to get back up again.

So when we start to get bored or the game isn't going our way, we can either let our frustration get the better of us, or we can find a new way to play. And sometimes just a little change is all it takes.

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