Candy Crush Philosophy


Life is like a box of candy…

There’s this game on Facebook I’ve been playing called Candy Crush. You have to line up at least 3 similar “candies” in a row to zap them away (not diagonally). Sometimes you do that and more rows fall down, unseen from above, and line up perfectly and disappear.

Unexpectedly, you win the game.

Other times you click away for days never making progress, and the game offers to let you buy tempting “cheats” to win a level. (Like a carnival game, you could easily drop $20 trying to win a single game, so I stay away from that option.)

Anyway, it struck me that this game is like life, sort of. You can work and work trying to get your candies lined up, so to speak, and have nothing happen. Other times, some concurrence of events makes those candies explode and you rise to the next level with little effort.

Also, I had to come up with a justification for spending all my time playing this game.

Maybe I should make some sort of Jack Handy-style poster…

I guess I was thinking about this because a few irritating things have happened. For the last couple of weeks, I understand Mercury’s been in retrograde, which possibly accounts for it. First Cadillac went to get gas one morning, and his car died. Then the main sewer line backed up, and a plumber had to come out at 12:30 am on a Monday morning to dig out a tree root (sorry, neighbors). Then my car wouldn’t start. Then everybody got sick for some degree, at various inconvenient times.

Luckily, these problems got taken care of quickly, and I have family and friends to call if I need help. When Cadillac’s car wouldn’t start, he texted our eldest, knowing she’d have her phone on for the alarm; and she got her siblings up and made them breakfast and didn’t wake me for another hour, so I didn’t even know about it. I would have totally woken my parent up.

It reminded me of how quickly luck can change, for better or worse.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

One thought on “Candy Crush Philosophy

  1. Yep, that is sure true. And I believe atmospheric changes – even as I write that I’m not positive what it means – but I believe anyway that it can make a difference in how we feel and what happens in our lives.
    We often seem to have a run of bad luck and then things switch and good things happen. Who knows why? Are we living our lives better, making better decisions, or is it karma??? Right now we are on the upswing so I’ll not try to figure it out but just enjoy it!

    Right now one of my short stories is posted on my blog. Titled – Hoot and Marla
    It’s from Ezra and Other Stories available on Amazon this month for .99.
    Also Vada Faith, women’s fiction about a surrogacy gone wrong is also availabe on Amazon.

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