Sunday afternoon, I was blessed to celebrate Mother’s Day with three incredible mothers: my wife, my mom, and my mother-in-law. I want to take a moment to thank each of them for their love and for their support of my gaming hobby over the years.
To my Mom, thanks for being the first person to introduce me to games from those early days of tic-tac-toe and Go Fish, to teaching me to play Euchre and monopoly, to taking me to a local gaming store to purchase Villains & Vigilates, my very first rpg. You had your concerns with rpgs, but you respected me and the friends I gamed with. At family get-togethers, we often play games like Rummikub and Upwards. As my interest in gaming has expanded, you have inquired about these newer games I am so passionate about and have found ones you like such as Tsuro and Formula D. I look forward to introducing you to more games. Thanks for beginning and supporting my love of games.
To my Mother-in-law, thanks for accepting me into your family and loving me even when my young competitive side reared its ugly head in games. During those early years, I know I was not always the most fun to game with, especially in games that really frustrated me and still do at times (like Phase 10). As I have grown older, I hope you can see that I have mellowed, and I cherish those times we get to sit together and play games. I am sorry I have not shown interest in your favored game of Bridge, but I do enjoy our games of Euchre. I also appreciate your willingness to try new games that interest my family, even finding ones you have come to really enjoy, like Love Letter and Ticket To Ride. Thanks for accepting me into your family and your games.
To my Wife, thanks for marrying and loving this geek and gamer. You have always been supportive of my gaming hobby and especially encouraging of my foray into freelancing. On this Mother’s Day, I want to especially thank you for encouraging our family gaming. You realize how special these hours are spent sitting around a table playing a game, talking together, and focusing on each other. I also am so blessed to watch as you encourage our daughters to seek their own interests no matter how geeky, building up a the next generation of girl gamers.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there that support us in our gaming. How has your mom, mother-in-law or wife encouraged your gaming hobby?