I've been hearing rumblings of it from neighbors and friends along with grumbling parents speaking of addiction yet amazing opportunities for creativity from this video game.
Yeah, I know, video game. The potential for our kids to get sucked even further into cyber-land and out-of reality is great, but Minecraft is different.
Our same-age neighbor came over to show Jake how to work it on his iPad. Kindle in hand, M plopped down on the couch about 2 inches from Jake. Usually way too close, this time not a problem.
Then he started telling Jake what to do. Usually a deal breaker, this time also not a problem. I explained to M that Jake can get started but then gets stuck. Pretty soon, they're working side-by-side very quietly.
All I hear is my ground beef browning.
Then I hear, "Hey Jake, wanna build a world together?"
"What? Build a world?"
"Yea, come into my world."
Anyone else hearing the amazing layers of this conversation? I almost buckled over my frying pan! Gasping for deep breaths.
Ick... ground beef.
Turn on the stove fan so they don't hear my sniffles.
"Hey M, can you help me make a library with a bedroom for when we get tired reading?"
"Sure, I'll come over by you."
"Where are you?"
"I'm here... is that you?"
In their "world" the two conversing like totally typical pre-teens that they are.
"Oh you want animals outside? Ok... uh oh... the pigs got out of the fence and the billy goats!"
"Catch them or they will come into my library to eat the books!"
What I witnessed this afternoon brought tears to my eyes. The patience of the neighbor and the desire for Jake to be one of the dudes.
Conversation, team work, and cooperation.
Who said video games are all bad?
Still riding high, from our Minecraft miracles!