Pizza restaurant talk with my nine-year-old grandson this past weekend. A light, casual conversation... or so I thought.
Me: So tell me about the videos games you like...
Ian: I really like "Unturned."
Me: What's that about?
Ian: It's a pixelated zombie apocalypse game. (Said with sweet, slight condescension, obviously simplifying his explanation for me).
Me: What's pixelated?
Ian: The picture is in little boxes, Grandma.
Me: Got it! Uh... what other games do you like? (Asked thinking the next must be more understandable to a baby boomer. About sports, maybe. Or dogs.)
Ian: I like "Undertale" a lot.
Me: What's "Undertale" about?
Ian: Well, it's monsters vs. humans. (Again simplifying for me.)
Me: Monsters vs humans? How do you play? (Attempting to dig deeper. Show interest. Spark connection.)
Ian: Asgore is the monster. The game is he collects human souls so he can become a god.
(He responds excitedly.)
Me: Uhhhhh... (Stunned pause. Maybe I misheard? What???)
Me: Hey, your extra-pepperoni pizza is here! (Relieved... Collecting human souls? This is a game?.)
Ian: Oh cool!
Me: How's school? (Safer topic. I have new respect for parenting in 2017. How do they do it?)