This kid I know is shark at the "I don't know/Nothing" game. Here's how the game works. I ask a question. If you say "I don't know" or "Nothing," I grab a domino from the box. If you answer honestly, you get a domino. Then it's your turn to ask a question. If I say "I don't know" or "Nothing," you get a domino. If I answer honestly, I get a domino. Person with the most dominoes wins. Intricate, complex, chess-like. Now you know why I needed a master's degree for this gig.
When I read about this game, I thought, "No kid is going to fall for this. It's boring as heck." But then, one day, with ten minutes left in a session and conversation grinding to a halt, I thought of it and decided to give it a try. And the kid I tried it with thought it was the bomb. Mainly because she came up with questions like, "When were you embarrassed this week?" and "Tell me about a time when you were jealous this week?"
So I was faced with the dilemma of either saying "I don't know" or "Nothing," and letting her win--or talking about some stuff I don't even much like to admit to myself. The truth is, I do get embarrassed. I do get jealous. I had to tell her about that stuff or she'd get all the dominoes.
So in defense of my dominoes, I have to confess: I am anxious right this very minute. I am anxious for all the usual reasons when I try something new: it's new; I might not do it perfectly; somebody might not like it; it might just fizzle out; yadda yadda yadda. And technology, which I avoid as much as possible, is intricately involved here. I've been a mess all day over this thing.
As I finished that last paragraph, my husband just asked me how it was going over here on my first blog entry. You know what I said, right? "I don't know." Dang it. Another domino shark.