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We were at the library last week, exchanging books and idling away some time. Nugget spotted the over-sized chess board in the corner. His eyes lit up, he grabbed Doo Dah by the hand and they headed over to it for a game.
There was a little old woman sitting in a chair by the board. She was reading her latest find and looked to have settled in for the afternoon.
As I approached the boys at the chess board, arms laden with children's books, the lady was busily telling the boys that the chess board was for adults. "You're too young to play", she proclaimed.
Nugget's face dropped, but he stated "We play all the time. We know the rules. We play properly".
She wasn't convinced. "No", she said. "This board is for grown-ups".
I jumped in, reassuring her that I would supervise their game. The board was safe in their hands.
She humphed, looked on for a couple of turns, and then retreated to another chair in the library.
Nugget whipped Doo Dah's butt, but both boys had a fantastic time playing "big people"chess with great big chess pieces.
Did we encounter a case of ageism? Or just patch protection? Do you or yours enjoy a game of chess?