Forever Memories Created

By pinball_erie

January 07, 2013


7 years ago

The birth of my two kids are the two most important events that have happened in my life. They are now 12 and 7. My 12 year old daughter is more interested in her hair, clothes, cell phone, and many other things than being with Dad now, which breaks my heart every day. It truly does seem like yeaterday that we were always together, one of those activities being pinball. We played hundreds and hundreds of games together, phrases from the games became part of our everyday dialogue and joke material. Just she and I going to the Ohio pinball show together and hanging out all day. Her entering the juniors tournament and placing 5th, on a game she had never played, out of 60 kids. I know these times are gone forever now, but we will always be close.

My 7 year old son plays pinball occasionally with Dad, but usually our time together is hockey or Xbox or Lego related. Coaching him in hockey has been a dream of mine since before I had a son. I know the time we spend together will wain as he gets older, just like his big sister.

I go in the gameroom and it seems empty without the family in there, that is why the pins do not get a lot of play nowadays. There will be plenty of time for that when they are all grown up. I am glad I will have no regrets with my kids as far as time spent with them, I give them ALL my time while they still want it.

10 years from now, when my daughter is at college and my son will be out chasing girls, my wife and I will be at home getting old. I will sneak off to the gameroom and hear all the memories that were created in that corner of the basement and will always have those wonderful memories forever in my head and my heart.

Shawn

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Comments

7 years ago
This is a fantastic article. You should be very proud that you shared this hobby with your children. Instead of focusing on the hobby for yourself or keeping the machines "perfect" or in "mint condition", you actually used them, had fun, & created memories! This was inspiring...thank you!
7 years ago
I have a daughter of 13 and a son of 11. Strange as it is my daughter plays more, but as yours she is becoming a little lady. Acually when she is inviting friends she always proudly shows them the collection and plays for a while. My son is more for Lego and Xbox as yours. Although we had less choice for entertainment at their age- especially me growing up behind the iron curtain in Hungary- I do not understand why the kids who are lucky enough to have pinballs at home, are not more enthusiastic about these masterpieces. Times are changing, life becomes virtual. Pinballs need a lot of space, more difficult to collect and maintain them than consol games. Arcades disappeared as well, where kids could interact pinballs and they do not go to pubs, where they are still seen, so they cannot be infected as early as we could.
7 years ago
Great story. My kids are 10 & 11. I coach too, and enjoy spending time playing games with them. I didn't realize that one day when my kids grow up, I will be with memories of games to remember the good old days (which is right now). Maybe I won't yell at them so much now? Naaa, I enjoy that too! lol
7 years ago
wonderful story pinball erie
7 years ago
Great story pinball erie!
7 years ago
Really good story. My kids are 15 and 13 and we will be getting our first machine in a few weeks. I coach my daughters hockey team and do Legos with my son. My wife and I look forward for the memories we will make around our machines.
7 years ago
Being a father of (2) daughters (both of which never showed an interest in pinball) I've grown to realize the older the girls get, the more they will miss spending time with their dad. Trust me, she will cherish the pinball times with her dad. Jr. will get old and chase the girls and probably marry one of them, but will probably get the itch to buy a pin one day like his "old man" use to have in order to pass on the memories!
7 years ago
Shawn, thanks for such a touching story! We have been coming here on Pinside for over a year, but after reading your story,we went and registered. We bought our first Pin when our Daughter was 3 1/2 she needed a stool to play.When she turned around 11 yrs old she wanted nothing to do with anything Pinball. Now she is about to turn 15 and a couple of months ago she begged us to buy a Freddy Machine! So, be patient, keep the faith, it's just her age! It's in her blood,she will want to play again. Oh, and yea we have a Freddy watchin over are other Pins ;)
7 years ago
Shawn what a great story. But don't think it ends with your memories! My son is now 30 and since I got involved with pinball a few months ago he is interested. We have traveled all over our area playing all the games he could find and then posting them here. I really enjoy spending the time with him playing pins and talking pins. He even found a Four Million BC game for me and cheap too! Just think 8 to 10 years out of college you daughter may very well be interested in playing pinball again with her dad!

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