When I think back to my childhood. I think of how much I loved playing games. But this fun was really advice in disguise. As an adult, I’m kind of blown away.
Hear me out…
Adults are taught to “be one step ahead”,
to steer clear of any kinds of mess.
It’s how we protect our families from danger.
Wait, isn’t that what we see in Chess?!
Monopoly says at the throw of a dice,
life can throw a good or bad surprise.
And Hide and Seek teaches us finding
love is fun but can be full of compromise.
You see the trick to winning Jenga
is building blocks on steady ground.
For however tall we build our empire,
a single bad move can knock it down.
Playing Snap against people with the same cards as us
is like going for a job with the same qualifications.
And Scrabble prepares us for making
the best of all kinds of bleak situations.
Adults are effectively paid to listen,
tested with instructions like a quiz.
Oh, but we’ve had good practice already,
what with playing Simon Says.
Stuck in the Mud is game whereby
asking for help is the best strategy.
And we beat others in Rock, Paper, Scissors
when we don’t show our hand too dramatically.
Pass the Parcel is a game that teaches
to trust the timing of our lives.
And Operation guides us to keep calm,
both on normal days and under the knife.
We are often lifted by good people,
while snakes try to bring us down.
Like real life Snakes and Ladders,
up two steps before turning back around.
Chinese Whispers is a game where
our start whisper ends different.
Teaching us how rumours spread,
that’s whether good or to our detriment.
Our weight loss and gain should have been predicted
Having played most of our days with a yo-yo.
And Connect 4 is like finally securing a friend’s meet up
But there is always one that can’t make it, though.
Twister is like trying to please everyone,
we have friends, family and work to juggle.
Bending over backwards with twisted limbs –
a real view on what it’s like to struggle.
So all in all…
There is meaning behind these games
It’s probably why it’s called child-hood.
Because the lessons are so well hidden
But God damn, they are so good.
I’ve been playing games since I was born
Though, it’s taken me 20+ years to see.
What they don’t teach in the classroom
are that these games indirectly made you and me.