Some of the businesses in our town (Louisville, CO) came together to coordinate a Pokemon GO event. The businesses put out lures and you could walk around, catch Pokemon, check into businesses on Facebook and win prizes.
Thanks to Facebook I understand that there are a lot of people irate about Pokemon GO. I get it. I’ve caught myself feeling irritated about it too.
Here’s what I know about Pokemon GO. This event got my generally ambivalent children up and dragging me out of bed this morning. It got me, who has been slipping deeper and deeper into a funk, to get dressed, leave the house and walk around. It got my kids eager to explore their community. It got us walking into businesses we’ve never patronized before. It got us buying from local merchants. It got us talking to neighbors we would have otherwise not seen. It had my kids cheek-to-cheek, laughing, giving each other things and cooperating. It took my phone, my frequent source for numbing and escape, out of my hand. It forced us to interact with the real world today.
I’m a fan of PokemonGO
We started off at Blue Box Donuts, which we’d been meaning to try since they opened. (Why not wash his face, you ask? I did. And then he ate more donuts and I gave up)
These statues used to be the gateway to Louisville and are somewhat iconic locally. Pokemon Go calls them “Superman Cave Structure” which delighted my kids. We stopped here to get more…Pokeballs (I think. I never actually see the game)
United in delight in front of Runner’s Roost, another participant in today’s event.
On to Sweet Cow, where the kids all pretended to look at my phone to mock themselves looking at the phone all the time:
I was set to go home but the kids begged to walk through the Farmer’s Market. I’d forgotten how much we LOVE the Farmer’s Market. I can’t believe we don’t go more often (thank you, Pokemon).
They caught a Pokemon on my knee and on Beckett’s butt, which made us all laugh, hard. Ah, laughing. I’d missed you!
We checked in at the Book Cellar and found a Pokemon amongst the books. We bought ourselves a few new reads since we were there anyway. Who can resist a new book!? Not us.
THIS is the face of a little boy who desperately wants his picture taken in the leaves….but can’t stand the leaves TOUCHING HIM. Ah, the tragedy. The conflict. Poor kid!
We had a delightful morning (thank you, Pokemon Go, and local businesses with a sense of adventure!). I felt so good after our excursion that I started a load of laundry. Much to the delight of the kid who had to wear pajama pants to hunt Pokemon.