Daily Archives: 29 January 2007

peaceful protest and collective action

Backstory is: Ignatz has had some self-control issues, particularly centering around computer games, so we’ve made a few rules, one of which is that he can only play on weekends. We really try to limit weekday screen-time for both of them, but on weekends when they’re home all day and we’re too bone lazy busy to entertain them, the rules are a bit more relaxed. Also, I don’t like shooty-things much, or racy, car-crashy things, so for his birthday I bought him a game called The Settlers, where he has to build settlements and fend off barbarians (and I’m also throwing in brief lectures about the evils of colonialism and such) and find iron mines and pay workers and such. This has turned out to be a pretty good investment, because even though the Sniglet can’t play it (he can’t read yet), he loves to watch and so it’s turned into a kind of sibling-bonding thing.

Anyway. Today after homework was done and before dinner, they started lobbying to play Settlers, and I said no, it’s a weekday, entertain yourselves some screenless way. So they made signs that said “Mama unfair,” and “More Settlers now, less veggies forever,” and picketed me while I cooked dinner. And when the Sniglet’s sign was done but Ignatz’s wasn’t yet, and the Sniglet started marching at me, Ignatz said “No wait, it’ll only work if we do it together.”

Hee. I’m so proud.

Song du jour of the day: There is Power in a Union, by Billy Bragg.