My kids are newly obsessed with Farmville on Facebook. I don't play, so I'm not sure why the obsession, but on any given day I hear things like this:
"I went to claim your lost cow but someone already did."
"I sent you three pigs."
"All my strawberries died because I forgot to water them."
"I'm making a ton of money on pineapples!"
"I have to be home at 5:30 to harvest my watermelons."
"I saved her farm from crazy raccoons."
Who knew? Who knew a simple game could give such entertainment and also provide a generalized lesson on farming to kids who've never so much had a veggie patch. As an outsider, it's been fun listening in. I mean, really? Crazy raccoons? That's like a page out of one of my books...