You know how even if you don't watch TV, you've probably at least seen pictures of Jon & Kate Gosselin and their litter and their dirty laundry spread all over the internet and every magazine in the world? Yeah well, that's kind of how I learned about this new game (OK, honestly it may not even be new) called Farmville that's on Facebook.
A friend at my work, we'll call her Gina (only 'cause that's her real name) started telling me about this one day and I was sort of nodding, thinking of the 20 other things I needed to get finished before I left. She needed to get home and check on her crops and feed her animals. HUH? I said, "You live in a subdivision and have one dog." "OH NO!", said she, "FARMVILLE!!!" Plus her sister's internet is down and she's got to take care of her farm also!! I think there's also Farmland or Farmtown or something, I don't know. I'm like, "Don't you have real kids you need to feed?" I know, not nearly as fun!
Gina and I both share a semi-fascination with the Amish and I thought maybe this was just her little outlet. Next thing I know, two of the library customers start a Farmville conversation at the check-out computer, so I called Gina up front. You would've thought they just discovered it was 2 for 1 day at the Dollar Store!
I got home from work later that day and my son (who's 21) was sitting at the kitchen table and said, "Hey mom, want to come see my farm?" Don't tell me...Farmville! Yep. As he's showing me his crops and animals (that include chickens, elephants, rice and banana trees - hello, where the heck is this farm anyway AFRICHINACA??), I see all the other people who also have farms...my sister-in-law, my husband's aunt, my nephew, his friends. Now I have to tell you, this is a boy/man (a mancub we'll say) who is too busy to help with dinner or take the trash out. Uh huh, wait until one of his pigs is on the kitchen table at suppertime - that might change his tune! Hey...chicken and rice!
Did I mention if you don't take care of your animals or crops, they'll wither and die? How fun and special!! The whole thing reminds me of the big Tamagotchi craze from when my kids were little where you had a little keychain animal thing. You had to play with it, feed it, clean up it's poop, give it treats, etc. or it'll die. You know, teaching the child "responsibility" and all. Yeah, my fanny.
So anyway, I'm just saying...even though I'm not on Facebook (yet), this obsessive-compulsive game may just lead me there. I've always wanted to live on a farm and did I mention you can "gift" things to your friends. Gina invited my son to be her friend on Farmville (and he'd rather pull his fingernails off than hurt someone's feelings) and he said sure (nothing like being friends with your mom's friend, bless his heart), so now they're trading crops or animals or something. I'm just sayin' it's easy to make fun of now when I'm not doing it, but IF I should get a farm, I will not allow cracks about me 'having too much time on my hands' or 'why don't I use my time to change the world'...OK? I bet I start feeding my family from a trough though...I'm almost to that point right now.