Magic:

The Gathering.

If I were texting that I would’ve put a bunch of black hearts with it.

It’s a card game that I want to give credit for making me appreciate nature. The cards have pictures of like everything. Including scary stuff. But I don’t give the game credit for that because I’ve always liked scary stuff. I’M scary stuff. Anyway.

A few days ago the weather was being mean and pretended like it was going to rain, but it didn’t. Darkish gray clouds (not dark gray, darkish!) surrounded us but the sun kept peeking through and have I ever told you about how the sun hates me because I’m kind of a vampire and no matter how dark and dreary it is, the moment I step outside the sun breaks out to shine on me? So, I was walking across campus to get a snack and while I was squinting and making mean faces at the sun and almost turning to ash, I noticed how nice the leaves against the sky reminded me of Magic: The Gathering.

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I’m so disappointed that I couldn’t capture how marvelous the mixture of trees and the sky and clouds and the dark and the light were without doing a panoramic shot but that meant including the building rooftops and people. And no way did I want PEOPLE in my nice Magic: photo!

I don’t have my little box of Magic: cards anymore or I’d show you exactly what I’m talking about. The last time I played was in my early 20s and was around the time I starting having gall stone troubles and that was such a nightmare that I blocked out and quit and got rid of everything fun I did at the time  because I didn’t want to be reminded of what I went through. Even now when I see the beautiful decks in the Walmart checkout line I miss them but shiver a little because I REMEMBER. Dumb, I know. But I do want to start collecting the cards again at some point. Maybe play, if I feel brave. And if someone will play with me.

I suggest you go buy a small booster pack next time you’re in line at Walmart and look at the exquisite artwork. And when you’re done looking at those, send them to me because I will keep them for sure this time. If I could afford to, I’d get them sized and framed and hang them in my house because I can stare at those cards better than art people can stare at paintings in a museum!

I do find some of my old cards scattered around here and there when I’m digging through my stuff. This one fell out of a notebook so I was probably using it as a bookmark. Wow, look at the date.

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I’m secretly hoping that I went back in time and took some of the cards and hid them in random places so that I will find them now and remember how much I loved the game and that it will all be ok. But I probably just found this card on the floor and stuck it in the notebook to get it out of the way. You can’t see it in the picture but the border is shimmery and I definitely would’ve wanted to keep this one.

So go buy me yourself some Magic: The Gathering cards and appreciate the art.

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