Logan and his buddies have recently developed a passion for Pokemon cards. They like to trade them with each other at recess and during Latch Key (Don't get me started. It's an awful name for a great after school program.). I am fairly certain they don't have a clear understanding which cards are more valuable. They just figure that the higher the number on the card, the better that card is. And they may be right.
I went on the Pokemon website to try to understand and make sure my kid was making an even trade. Because I'm a girl and I just don't get it. When I was growing up, I was playing barbies, shooting marbles or riding my bike. I didn't trade anything.
Except when my friend Lori and I tried to pretend we were Ponch and Jon on CHiPS and give each other "five" while riding each other's bike. We crashed in the middle of the street and crawled to the side crying like baby girls. We never traded bikes again. (I am quite certain anyone under the age of 35 is thoroughly confused by the Ponch and Jon reference. That was some good TV back in the 70's. They don't make it like that anymore.)
But he's just not very good at it. One day he started out with 17 cards and when I picked him up after school he somehow magically had 26. When I asked him about it, Logan told me he asked his friends for "free" cards and they gave them to him. Suckers.
I told him not to do that though. Mostly because I'm afraid of getting a phone call from an irate parent accusing Logan of taking advantage of her kid. Those cards are $6.00 a pack. For ten cards.
I don't need to be worrying about that kind of stuff. I've got enough stress being the mom who always forgets to donate money for the end of the year gifts. And the Christmas gifts. And the Teacher Appreciation gifts. And the Volunteer gifts. The list goes on and on.
I tried to explain to him how the object is to trade one card for another card. An even trade. You get one, your friend gets one. To which my kindergartner angrily replied,
"What do you thiiiink? That I'm a pre-schooler???!!"
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