Over the weekend I finally succumbed to join the Pokémon Go gaming clan. After reading all the hype about it I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Although, I can’t quite see why people have quit their day jobs to play it 24/7 it is pretty awesome.
Despite living near the Thames Path, Master A and I never seem to find the time to get on our bikes or simply go for a walk along it, my son more interested in playing on his Xbox or watching a box set of the 1966 Batman series, me knee deep in washing and cleaning.
Yet on Sunday instead of his normal sloth-like morning routine, Master A was up and dressed and ready to go out Pokémon hunting.
“Come on, Mummy! Let’s get out there and see how many Pokémon we can catch.”
The laundry could wait. As the years hurtle by there won’t be too many more occasions when my son actively chooses to spend time with me.
We dusted off our bikes and hit the Thames Path. I felt like an eight-year-old again, riding my Raleigh Ranger with its red, white and blue plastic handlebar streamers, on a mission to uncover an Enid Blyton Secret Seven mystery.
In true Blue Peter sticky back plastic and a squidgy bottle style Master A rigged up a holster for my iPhone to sit at the front of his Frog bike and raced along the Path. Within a few minutes the phone vibrated indicating a Pokémon was nearby.
“It’s a Pokémon, Mummy!” he screamed, fist-pumping the air.
After a few flicks of a Pokéball, Master A had captured his first Pokémon: Squirtle – a water creature whose rounded shell enables it to swim at high speeds.
It didn’t stop there. Charmander, Caterpie, Weedle, Raticate, Ekans, Clefairy, Zubat, Jigglypuff… the list went on. After being out for almost four hours, we cycled back home, out of puff but full of beans.
Our first day Pokémon hunting was a triumph with some 22 listed on our Pokédex. But, more, importantly, Pokémon Go led us into the great outdoors, where in one afternoon I exercised more than I have done in an entire year and where I got to spend some quality time with my son.
Way to go Pokémon Go!
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