"I was a fighter and very determined. There was no way I was going to back out without winning." Christine Lahti"
When I was a kid...this boy taught me how to play chess. I learned fast....the strategies to beat him...the moves to win. We played for hours and I got really good at it. I figured out....if I wanted to win...I needed a plan....a method...I needed specific intentions....I needed strategies.
I think playing Chess taught me how to survive the streets.....it taught me how to fight in ways that helped me plan out strategies to stay one step ahead....to plan out moves....to stay alive.
Chess....I still love the game. I taught it to my kids. We play alot and I've usually been able to beat the socks off them. But something's happened...lately my oldest has been winning....game after game after game. She's wiping the board with me...knocking my people off one at a time.
Last week I noticed she had a score card on her desk...keeping tabs of how many times she beat me. Strategies....She's figured out the moves and gets me when I'm tired....or not paying attention. She's gotten good.... And my nine year old is also holding her own.....winning some games...but the best is watching their determination to take me down...their thinking...planning - strategizing - My daughter says she's learned from the best...she's learned from me.
Chess...just a game? When I think of the situations I've been in....I think Chess taught me how to strategize to stay alive....I wonder what it will help my daughters do when they're older....going after what they want....staying one step ahead on the road of life - I can't teach them to bake....or cook...or sew....I don't know how.....but one thing I do know really well.....I know how to strategize and how to fight to win.
I think He made me a fighter....a fighter who refuses to give up...to not back down and I'm grateful to that kid who taught me the game of chess....
The Old Fashion Way, Victorian Times.
6 months ago