My son is an expert video game player. Probably because he's had lots of practice. He found a new app for his iPad - a piano app. All you have to do is touch some dots on a screen as they roll by, and it's like you're playing a tune on the piano.
"Mama," he called. "Come here and check this out!"
I watched as he played the Imagine Dragons tune, Demons. He played it perfectly, without missing a note.
"Do you want to try?" he asked when he was done.
I laughed. "Dude, I stink at video games. Are you sure you want me to try this?"
He nodded and gave the iPad to me. The dots started rolling. My old eyeballs could barely see those things. So I just touched the screen to the beat in my head.
"Mama," my son said. "You're missing a ton of notes!"
"And you're going way too fast!"
I shrugged and kept going.
At the end of the game, I had 361 points.
"Mama, that's pathetic!" my son said. "I would've had at least 1600 points!"
"Sorry, dude," I said. "Mama has fast fingers, but slow eyeballs!"
(I bet if he had given me the real piano music, and I had played it on a real piano, I would've got every note and blown him right out of the water!)
Before I go, I'd like to give a huge thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for mentioning the release of my new book, Ten Zany Birds, on his blog!