Tic-Tac-Toe | #wordlesswednesday

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A game we played so often during our growing-up years! So much fun, and so much time spent in the outdoors, despite rain or shine. Something that was so taken for granted that our parents could never have foreseen what a rarity it would turn into by the time we turned into parents ourselves.

Did you know that Tic-Tac-Toe has been around for almost 3000 years? It was so much fun stepping out with friends, and just enjoying oneself. Who’d ever pondered on what the games we played taught us? I wonder how many of us knew that this game, for instance, actually taught us predictability and problem-solving. Honestly, had someone ever mentioned that at the time, we’d probably have laughed it off. With outdoor play almost on the verge of disappearing, and children spending more time sitting in front of computers and the TV, I’m told tic-tac-toe is now a game that they play on their consoles to experience spatial reasoning, hand-eye coordination, and strategizing. Could we have ever imagined that?

In the light of this, it is quite an irony that I came upon this photo which I’m sharing with you today. Here’s the backstory—a couple of years ago, we went on a holiday to a lovely resort in Bekal, in North Kerala. It was a break from the routine that took us there. We were happy to switch off into a gadget-free mode of life that saw us doing outdoorsy stuff (read exploring around, spending time amidst Nature) savouring uninterrupted reading time, not forgetting the long walks we took at dusk to catch the glorious evening sky in myriad colours. One such evening, we spotted two little boys at a distance playing on the sand, drawing stick figures, their faces writ with glee. Seeing them, our 8-year-old suggested we play tic-tac-toe. Normally, I wouldn’t. But this time, I jumped in, without a second thought. Totally impromptu! Yes, the knees did hurt a bit, given that I had an injury a couple of months back, but the fun was unbeatable!

In a world where you’re meant to opt for one of the two types, I’d rather be gadget-free than a gadget-freak any day and enjoy a real game which gets my hand and feet dirty. A little sweaty perhaps, but, assuredly, a happy heart!

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11 Comments
  • Holly Jahangiri

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    Tic-Tac-Toe is wonderful until you figure out that it’s unwinnable. Until you know the only possible strategy from the first or second player’s position. That said, have you tried 3-dimensional Tic-Tac-Toe? That might be a bit challenging.

    It’s always best to dive in and live life first-hand, isn’t it?

    • Esha MD

      Quite agree about living life first-hand, Holly! That’s my thing too.

      No, haven’t but would love to try 3-D Tic-Tac-Tow someday. I guess my teen would love the challenge more than me. 😉

  • Sanch @ Sanch Writes

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    I remember tic-tac-toe and how depending on where you started, you were generally guaranteed a win. Nice picture too!

    • Esha MD

      Thanks for stopping by, Sanch. 🙂

  • Alana

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    I haven’t played tic tac toe in years. I crocheted a tic tac toe set years ago, hoping to give to my then young son, and I never did. I think I still have in my closet somewhere. No beaches near to here to draw in the wet sand, alas.

    • Esha MD

      I’d love to see that crochet you did years back, Alana. Perhaps you’d like to share a pic someday? On #WW? Never mind the beach, you still live amidst so much beauty. Binghampton (from your pictures) seems to be very pretty!

  • Robert M Goldstein

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    The photo back happy memories

    • Esha MD

      Thank you for stopping by, Rob. 🙂

  • Shubhra Rastogi

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    I and my brothers would love to play tic-tac-toe. Thus just refreshes so many memories. And yes moments that are gadget free are actually the moments which are treasured the most.

    • Esha MD

      Thanks for stopping by, Shubhra. I am so glad to know that we think alike on this. Especially do, when we have to teach our kids that there is so much to appreciate around us which are beyond what gadgets can ever provide us with.

  • Anamika Agnihotri

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    Tic tac toe was a game we played a lot at school and at home with pen and paper. Coming from the hindi heartland, we called the game zero kaanta. The name tic tac toe was not known. Gadget-free is also what I believe in. I have been reducing my dependency on the smartphone and the apps for myself. I am against adding gadgets and gizmos at home for D and always
    This box is again restricting today.

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