Mama Diaries

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Check Mate

A couple of years ago, I taught my daughter how to play chess.  I've watched her get better and better with each passing month.  We had reached the point where I was not "letting" her win.  She had to actually use her brain to figure out how to outsmart me.

Every week she asked me to play.  Every week, she lost.  Until today.  I was all focused on eliminating her knight, that I didn't realize my king was in the path of her queen.  Oops.  She got me.  (Except she didn't give me the "check" warning the move before, which I had to complain about.)

She was thrilled.  She actually beat me.

"Mom, I won!  I'm smarter than you!"

Uh, I don't think so.  At least not yet.  

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