Chill Days, 21 (326.)

Saturday night,
and it’s a Nintendo night,
I haven’t had one of these in a while.
I know Animal Crossing
is keeping a lot of folks from losing hope,
but I played it for a few months in a row,
at least a few hours a day,
and I burnt myself out.
I had to put it down.
Folks talked about the updates,
the additions, the slight changes to some things
that expanded the game, and I
wasn’t pulled in.
Until now.
My brother bought himself a Nintendo Switch
just to play Animal Crossing
(I think a woman he likes may have influenced that decision)
and I’ve watched him slowly learn the game.
He’s having a pretty good time,
and tonight, I had the TV to myself.
So I turned on my dusty Nintendo Switch
and I started downloading a demo
and a free game
and I thought to myself
“Why don’t I see what’s happening in Animal Crossing?”
Oh gosh.
I’m back to my own sort of grind,
and for the first time in a long time,
I told myself
“Maybe I’ll wake up before noon tomorrow.”
Yep, it’s for turnips.
It’s kinda sad, but also kinda funny,
that my better habits
only come about in response to Animal Crossing.
Wholesome game of the year, saving us from the pandemic,
and ourselves.
I may need to go to bed soon –
I’ve gotta get up early
to buy them sweet stalks!


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