Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Write Friday #2

What you used to do that you don't do anymore

When I was a kid, I used to play tic-tac-toe with my dad every night before going to bed instead of having him read me a book like I think a lot of people did. I had this cute little tic-tac-toe board with Velcro pieces, and I kept it on the floor next to my bed. It was shaped like a lily pad, and instead of Xs and Os it was Frogs and Flies. My dad would come in and sit on the edge of my bed, or he'd bring a chair, and we'd play tic-tac-toe a few times. Every once in a while, he'd be out of town for work or I'd be sick and we wouldn't get to play, and I always had a harder time sleeping those nights. As you can imagine, after a while, I got really good at playing tic-tac-toe, and it was really easy for me to beat my dad at it.

After a few years, I lost the tic-tac-toe board, so my dad and I couldn't really play anymore. I also got more into reading, so I was reading to myself before bed instead of wanting to play tic-tac-toe with my dad. I don't remember specifically when we stopped doing it though... Some of my best memories with my dad are when we were laughing at each other while trying to cheat at tic-tac-toe.

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