In between runs to camp, swimming practice, piano lessons, and all that other stuff of which Summer seems to be made, I managed to get in touch with a part of me I tend to keep locked away from the rest of the world. I bury this bit of my personality way down deep and hardly ever let her out for fun and snacks. She used to complain, particularly when I took away her chocolate. But now, I think she’s rather given up. I hardly ever hear from her, and I think she is resigned to her marginal existence — a sort of psychological half-life.
But then, there are times when she escapes and runs rampant with the kind of giddy abandon usually seen only in small children and dogs when confronted with a set of sprinklers on a hot day.
I have one of those obsessive types of personalities. I suppose I come by it honestly, as both of my parents have issues with this, too. This is the reason I’ve never tried drugs. It is also the reason I rarely drink and, then, never more than one or two glasses of “whatever”. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never done any of the things that society and our parents warn us against. And the simple reason is that I knew, if I tried something once, there was a good chance I wouldn’t be able to stop.
This summer, I made the mistake of letting my Inner Addict have some playtime. My daughter and hubby both started playing this game called DragonVale. I watched them play, and it was a cute game. It looked like fun. And, let’s face it — dragons! I always wanted a pet dragon as a kid, and here was my chance to have a whole park full of them! What more could one want?
I had my doubts about whether or not I would enjoy the game. I’m not much of a “gamer”. My husband loves all kinds of video games, and, for years, I would sit with him and watch as he played. Sometimes, if he was playing a war-type game, I would act as his sniper spotter: “Look! Over there! Shoot that guy!” But, other than a brief love affair with Pac Man in my wayward youth, I’ve never played video games on my own.
Well, let me tell you: Now I know why. Because I can’t stop playing! That’s right. I am completely and totally in-love addicted to this goofy game. My Inner Addict is running through my brain, waving her arms in the air and screaming at the top of her lungs: “I’m free!!! I’m free!! Wheeeeee!” It’s not pretty.
It all started out innocently enough. I had one little island. It was cute and cozy, and I thought to myself, “Hey! This is such fun. I love my little island.” I had a couple of dragons. I bred them. I was excited about waiting for the egg to hatch so that I could see what I might get. I didn’t have any delusions of grandeur. I didn’t expect to get anything fancy like a Rainbow Dragon … or a Gemstone Dragon … or a Moon Dragon … or, well, any of that. I had no plans to expand. I was happy with one little island where my pet dragons could frolic and entertain me.
But then, I decided my island would be pretty with some paths. After that, I outgrew my first couple of habitats and needed more. And decorations. Gotta have decorations, right? Still, things were fairly simple and low key until …
Quite by accident, I bred an “epic” dragon: The Rainbow. And he is AWESOME!!! He is so many pretty colors, and he floats around above my island looking adorably cool. Oh! And he shoots sparkles out of his mouth, too. Sparkles!!! At the first sight of that sparkly Rainbow Dragon, my Inner Addict was hooked, but good.
So here I am, several islands and many dragons later. My simple, cozy park has expanded to include four regular islands, all criss-crossed with paths and prettied up with various decorations, and a gemstone island. And dragons … dragons … dragons! I have been obsessively playing this game since June 24, and it doesn’t seem like my Inner Addict is going to let go of it any time soon.
Writing? Cleaning the house? Craft projects? Anything not involving racing to and fro in the car and DragonVale? Yeah, who needs it? The rational side of my brain feels guilty, but my Inner Addict keeps telling her to sit back and enjoy the ride. So far, my Inner Addict is winning, big-time. But hey, at least it’s not illegal, right?
Oh! Gotta run … I think my dragons have finished breeding.