A Brassy Little Game

“Would you rather spend two days in the boys’ locker room, or get slimed?” my 9yr-old asks.

“Would You Rather…?” is her new game.

“Um, slimed, I guess,” I reply, screwing up my face (as I lurch around the kitchen, trying to beat myWouldyourather own Personal Best at emptying the dishwasher).

“Would you rather get 100 cupcakes with icing — even if you can’t eat them — or get your diabetes cured?”

“Oh, easy,” I say. “Cure the diabetes.”

“But Mom, then you wouldn’t have that cool blog, and be writing that book, and doing that newspaper thing for dLife, right?”

She actually said that. I froze (mid-silverware-basket).

“Yeah, you’re right, honey. I guess I really can’t imagine where my life would be right now without the diabetes — although my body could sure do without it.”

What a brassy little game.


3 Responses

  1. Scott
    Scott July 14, 2006 at 10:41 am | | Reply

    Cute question, and I think all of us have considered that same question. However, I look at it this way: true, I might not be the same person. However, I try to imagine how I could spend the energy that now goes into the daily management of the condition as well as fundraising, advocacy, etc. and end up thinking how much is lost to the “big D” which could be put into other ventures and it takes on a whole new perspective! For example, if the same input could instead go into starting a business, imagine the potential for success? Or what about putting the energy into eradicating other conditions (there are plenty), think of how much better the world might be, not just for me, but for others.

  2. Denise
    Denise July 14, 2006 at 12:09 pm | | Reply

    My family loves this game. There is an adult version, or anybody who loves gross outs and sticky questions, called Zobmondo. Zobmondo came out before Would You Rather. There’s also a Zobmondo tear off calendar and a tiny pocket sized book to carry around for those quiet moments when you want to ask the guy next to you on the bus a really odd question – like would you rather have to cut your hair with a steak knife FOREVER or chew off your fingernails and toenails FOREVER

  3. Kim
    Kim July 28, 2006 at 11:09 pm | | Reply

    Interesting perspective coming from your child….gee, look what you wouldn’t have if you weren’t a diabetic…

    Ironically, I think my husband being diagnosed when he was was a gift, hopefully before any damage was done or irreversible. I think it may have saved his life, as he is so into his health right now and before he thought ignorance was bliss.

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