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Pokemon Go!

  

I am about a week in to the Pokémon Go craze.

We were ‘late’ adopters. The argument with my 8 and 12 year old children went like this, ‘You shouldn’t need a device to get you outside or to exercise! Just because 10 million people are playing doesn’t mean you have to!’

Then in a moment of weakness, my husband gave in and downloaded it.

I must say, while I have no idea what the goal is, or who the characters are, every night for the past week, we’ve hit the streets after dinner and often run into other players along the way. We’ve headed to the tried and true favorite parks in our community, and have explored some that have been forgotten over the years (including that one at the end of a cul-de-sac with the huge weeping willow and the mulberry tree). We’ve logged several miles, with no complaints about sore feet or being tired or hot, and have been awed by the fireflies that are out as we head home after sunset.

Then last night, at the park, with the other neighborhood kids who had gathered to catch their Pokémon’s, after they squealed with delight to learn their friends were also on the yellow team, they put their phones down and played a good old fashioned game of tag until the streetlights came on.

Go catch 'em all!

-Heather

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