The Gaming Mommy

Hello again! Its been a while. I haven’t much time or inspiration to blog, but I had an idea pop up today!

Today, while dropping off my preschooler, I was asked by a fellow mommy about the sticker on my back window. Yes, I have an Alliance sticker on my car and I have no shame about it! Well, when I told her what it was for, she gawked at me like that was the dumbest thing she has ever heard.

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“You play video games? How do you have time to do that? I could never do that. Would be a waste of my time.”

Right there, in that parking lot, I became a social outcast.

Now I am an introvert. I am quiet and keep to myself most of the time, but I love to help when I can. I volunteer at any events or activities at my daughter’s school, not just to support her school, but to support her. Today I was just trying to drop my child off so I could go help my mother in law in her classroom. Many of the women I have worked with are very friendly and always greet with ‘hellos and smiles’, but I don’t think many of them know my name or remember my face. I’m used to it though. Being the quiet person I am, I often have to reintroduce myself because I don’t always leave an impression. In my head, its scary to put myself out there!

I don’t know why this lady felt compelled to bash something I enjoy, right in front of me. I don’t do that to other people. I don’t judge people based on what they enjoy doing or what kind of music they like. I think its rather silly. Everyone enjoys something different. What you might find is a waste of your time, I find to be worthwhile. This isn’t the first time I have run into situations like this. I used to hide my nerdy side, until I came to terms with the fact that I am who I am and if someone doesn’t like that, then they wouldn’t be worth wasting my time on.

Now that I’ve joined the gaming Twitter community, I haven’t felt I have to hide my interests and hobbies from other mothers and women in general. I grew up playing video games with my brother, but rarely did I tell my friends about my hobby. They really didn’t even know I was into nerdy things like Lord of the Rings and Star Trek. Even in college, I played the Sims on weekends when my roommate wasn’t there. Playing during the week was difficult, as I was a music major and that meant all my time was spent rehearsing, practicing, going to concerts, or doing that dreaded music theory homework. (That makes me a different kind of nerd lol!) It wasn’t until I met my husband (@dkServal on twitter! Follow him!) that I started playing WoW. This online community allowed me to be myself and not hide something I loved to do! It didn’t hurt that my husband is as big of a nerd as I am! 🙂

This fellow preschooler mommy won’t get me down though. I may not have much in common with any of them, but I am hopeful that one day I will meet another gaming mommy that isn’t afraid to let her true colors show. I have on the internet, I hope to find one in real life! I know we could be BFF’s! 🙂

Have any of my fellow blog readers had an issue like this? I’d love to hear about it!

 

PS: This makes it sound kind of like I don’t have friends, but I do! And they are wonderful! They don’t game, but they do accept me for who I am. ❤