There are way more brain cells in my head dedicated to random Pokémon facts that I would like to admit. For example, did you know that:
- Ponyta evolves into Rapidash?
- Squirtle is a water-type Pokémon?
- Pikachu comes from the Central Kalos region?
Well, I do! It’s the result of having a Pokémon-obsessed five-year-old who plays, eats, and sleeps Pokémon. I wouldn’t say the brain cells are completely wasted. My Pokémon knowledge has made me pretty popular with many students at school, especially the first grade boys. They appreciate that I understand what they are talking and writing about, and I appreciate that connection to them. But I do have to say that I won’t be sad if I never have to:
- read another page from the Pokémon Deluxe Essential Handbook: the Need to Know Facts on Over 700 Pokémon (yes, 700!)
- play a round of Pokemon cards (why on earth would the game require you to have 60 cards in your hand–talk about taking forever!)
- watch a gym-battle in the Adventures of Ash & Pikachu television series (seen one, you’ve seen them all)
- or play “Pokémon Pet Shop” (actually my favorite Pokémon activity because my son made it up)
So, with that in mind, you will completely understand why I was so excited when my son told my husband on one of their bike rides, “Dad, someday when I don’t like Pokémon anymore, what should I do with all my cards?” Someday…he said someday! That means there is a light at the end of this Pokémon tunnel. I’m not sure how long it will take, but like I’ve learned to say in parenting, this, too, shall pass!