'Tis birthday party season again.
This year, one of the kids picked this theme:
I know it's the hottest thing online now, but everything in it is square and I'm on Team Round (see my sidebar profile) so we're having geometrical megaconflict here. My kids, though, don't seem to think this is a problem.
Someday I will share the inane conversations I've had with them just to understand this gaming phenomenon and which aspects of it might work for a backyard birthday party. Here's just one for today.
Me: So let me get this right ... the nether is like this world you can portal to?
Kid: Yeah. It's really great and useful and everyone wants to get there.
Me: So it's like heaven.
Kid: What? No! It's gross!
Me: But you said...
Kid: You have to go there because there are things there that you need.
Other kid: Potions! You need the nether to brew potions!
Me: You can only brew potions in the nether? (Application: therefore we cannot brew potions at an IKEA table in our backyard.)
Kid: No! You brew potions at a brewing stand. Look! Here's a chart! There are . . . (lists the one million and thirty seven thousand kinds of potions).
Me (5 minutes later): Stop. Those are details. I don't care what kinds of potions there are, because we're going to use Kool Aid crystals in whatever colors we can buy at the supermarket.
Kid: But you have to start with the base potion! It's an awkward potion.
Me (bitterly): I'll bet it is.
Kid: No! That's what it's called! It's an awkward potion! And you need nether wart to brew it.
Other kid: And you can only get that in the nether!
Other-other-kid: So you have to make a portal to go to the nether otherwise nobody will get drinks at the party!
Me: They can jolly well drink plain water.
Kid: But will it be in a cauldron?