Firstborn needed damath for his Mathirx club about two weeks ago. Damath is a two-player educational board game combining the board game “Dama” (Filipino word for Checkers) and Mathematics. From research, I have learned that damath is used as a teaching tool for both elementary and high school mathematics. Every piece has a corresponding number and each even (white) square on board has a mathematical symbol. The game was invented by Jesus L. Huenda.
He gave his parents a seven-day lead time to look for damath in bookstores. This mother though can’t leave the house without her new-born with her, thus asked husband to buy one. Husband, however, failed to secure any board game for firstborn. Come fifth day and firstborn, realizing that there was still no damath, took the initiative to make his own board game. He reassured his mother that he can do it himself, making it clear to her that he just needs to cover the even squares with mathematical symbols.
As I watch firstborn design his own damath, I can’t help but cry. Cry not out of pity because we were not able to buy him one, but because he took charge. He did not even follow up with his father, perhaps he knew that his papa was so busy with work.
Thank you, firstborn, for being so understanding. And thank you for acting independently.