One afternoon about two years ago, Seth came walking in our front door with a large portable cooler hanging over his shoulder. My wife asked what he was doing and where he got the cooler. As he began pulling a giant Costco box of Uncrustables (pre-packaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crusts cut off) out of the cooler, he explained to her that he and his friend had been playing the game “Bigger or Better.”
Apparently the game works by asking a neighbor for something — anything. Once the item is acquired, you take the item to another home and say, “I was given x, do you have something to trade for
it that is bigger or better?” The idea is to keep going from house to house until the item is so large or cool that people can’t beat it. Seth had decided, on a whim, to play the game, and he had gone to several homes. According to Seth and his friend, they had scored big.
My wife was embarrassed Seth had gone door to door asking for items. She made him take the cooler back, but our nice neighbor insisted he keep the sandwiches. He was told not to play the game again.
A few weeks ago, Seth decided that enough time had passed. He came marching into the house one afternoon with two friends and a nice, new five-gallon water jug with a cup dispenser (which he was particularly excited about). My wife was once again mortified, but could not stop laughing over the fact that someone had handed such a thing over to him. Seth’s enthusiasm can charm anyone. Of course, he had to give it back.