One of our favorite games as kids was to outsmart our Dad. Considering his IQ it was hard to do. But we succeeded in a way we could never have imagined with Tetris. The other day on NPR I heard an interview with Alexey Pajitnov who created Tetris 25 years ago this month and it brought back memories of how we performed this amazing feat.
Somehow, magically, my sister or I (I can't remember) found a key command pattern that froze the speed at the lowest level. Then we could on to level ten or eleven or even twelve, yet with the ridiculously slow speed a five year old could master. Even though my sister and I were always above the curve with spatial relations, for months my father could still not figure out how we managed to obtain our world champion-like Tetris scores. And then we fessed-up.
But now, as a parent, I can see why he was so upset. You're supposed to raise honest kids, and I am fiercely honest. I never cheated in school, never even copied someone's notes from a missed class, and I'm the worst liar on the planet. Hey, I've never even once purchased Cliffs Notes, I read every assigned book cover to cover. If my little girl one days tries to outsmart me in a similar way by "cheating" at what ever game she's trying to beat me at I'd be mad and I'd sit her down for a lecture....by secretly I'd be proud of her cleverness.