I have been homeschooled most of my schooling years. The last semester I have been at a Charlotte Mason style school, but will be going back to homeschool next school year. Almost all of my friends are homeschoolers I have known since I was 8 and we still get together sometimes. In fact last week a group of us went to Six Flags for “Homeschool Day”, a day when it is cheaper to get in, and the lines are only 10 minutes long. We have a book club, and play sports together, but regardless of the season we are in, or the activity we are doing, we often end up falling back on the classic childhood game: Infection. It started when we were only 10 or so. Someone introduced a game (Infection) that simply was tag but with a couple more rules.
Infection consists of one person who is trying to infect everyone. The tagger infects a person by tagging them. The infected person is now equipped to infect other people. The virus spreads until everyone is infected and the last person standing wins.
For a few years we had a house church and all of the kids played infection every single week. One kid was about 3 to 7 years older than everyone in our group and he always won. It was a challenge to tag him and doing so would bring the tagger much glory. We played infection all the way up until the house church broke up. From then on we continued to play in any time we met up. Occasionally we still play it even though several of our group are graduated. I finally realized why we always fall back on Infection. It is because it is so easy to explain, and a large group of any age can play. I also realized that every time I am with group of people who don’t know what to do, I always recommend infection, and the game is spreading like a virus.
What games did you play as a kid?