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If your significant other asked if you liked Peeps and then left a couple on the counter, would you think they left the Peeps for you to eat if you wanted them?

Yeah, me too.

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I didn't grow up a problem solver so much as a problem avoider.

My strategy was to lay low and hope everything went according to plan. I've now made enough trips around the sun to know problem avoiding is not a winning strategy. Because despite our best efforts, something will inevitably go wrong.

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These days, one of my favorite activities with my son is to head out to the backyard and throw the pigskin. We usually start with playing a simple game of catch and then we progress to him running routes with me playing out my fantasy of being the elite pocket passer.

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Adolescents drifted from city to torn city, sloughing off both he past and the future as snakes shed their skins, children who were never taught and would never now learn the games that had held the society together.

The spirit of that quote from the opening paragraph of Joan Didion's essay “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” has stuck with me since my first reading. The essay has made me consider in particular all the games we play and all the scenarios in which we play them. We play games in the office, in the realms of dating and relationships, in the checkout line at the grocery store when we talk to strangers to pass the time. All these separate interactions are games with their own pieces and rules. And it's crucial to learn what rules and pieces apply to each game.

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Daniel Tiger was my daughter's first love. Something about that cardigan-wearing feline caught her eye and stole her heart early. My wife approved since Daniel Tiger is an associate of Mr. Rogers and echoes many of the same values.

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