Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is a sad story about a boy whose mother is disabled and learns to play computer games.

About two years ago, I bought the game Animal Crossing. It was fun for awhile, me and my brother played it for about a month, then got tired of it.

I’m always trying to convert my parents to videogames, however, and I thought that Animal Crossing would be simple enough for them to get into.

I let my mom set up a house, and she soon got into the game in a big way. (As a kid, she had polio, and now she had multiple sclerosis. She was largely homebound, except for the once our twice when she’d either leave to go shopping or to church.)

Spending all day at home in a wheel chair bored her, so the relief Animal Crossing provided her was kind of amazing. She’d spend so much time playing it, that it became something of an obsession.
She played it so much that she was constantly getting kidded by the family. She payed off her house in the game, she collected all the fossils, etc.

Whenever I saw her playing, I thought that the game must have long since stopped being interesting to her, yet she kept playing- even after me and my brother had long since stopped.

Her condition got progressively worse, and she eventually stopped playing. About a year ago, she passed away.

I had forgotten about Animal Crossing, I hadn’t played it in over a year and a half. Today, however, I decided to visit the village again and see what was up. Weeds had grown everywhere, the villagers wondered where my mom and I had gone.

Then I came to my mailbox, it was full of letters with presents- all from my mom. Every letter was pretty much the same.

“Thinking of you. Thought you’d like this present. Love, Mom”

Even though I’d stopped playing, she continued to send me presents. I look back now at how I made fun of her for playing even after she’d done everything, and I realize now that she was probably spending her time getting presents for me.


  1. Dog fan says

    Awwww she cared for her son even when she died in a wheelchair. Its bringing tears….

  2. kittiezrcute says

    I’m obsessed with video games.. But my eyes are fine. (well, the eye doc say dat). Who knows carrots keep ur eyes working.

  3. Princess Of The Dead says

    Wow this will be me as a mom, playing more videogames than my kids 😂😂😂

  4. OMGACAT says


  5. Shadow_of_Darkness says

    I’m crying. This reminds me of a tragic movie I saw in school, and the girl’s grandma, who was very close to her, died. When the girl turned eighteen, she received a gift in the mail from her grandpa. It was a scrapbook made by her grandma, saved for when she turned eighteen, and it showed all the good times they had together. At the end, her grandma wrote a very sentimental letter. One of the quotes was, “These were all of my good memories. Do not mourn for me. Instead, make some memories of your own that we can share.” It was a true story, made me cry. Found it on YouTube, the teacher said. We saw it on Grandparent’s Day. :'(

  6. Kimcy1o1 says

    i am not trying to be rude but my mum loves playing games in her phone. and if we try to hide her phone she gets very angry. LOL i like it LOL LOL LOL

  7. scary-waffle says

    in animal crossing your character has a “mom” that sends u gifts in the mail so his/her real mom didnt send them anything >.<

  8. Nymahb153 says

    OMG CRYING **Is this the same music from the movie the boy in the striped pajamas?? I watched the movie at school.. SO SAD :(

  9. PinkGhostieGirl says

    @happenstance, Animal Crossing is one of my favorite games EVER! :(
    Oh well, you’re entitled to your own opinion…

  10. EllyTheFreak says

    Reminds me of my mother although she is still alive. She has been playing that game since 2006, we used to play together but I got bored after awhile. She has multiple copies of the game and has pretty much completed her original copy. I always hated that game because she spent more time playing it than she did watching me grow up.

  11. MerrBearBallet says

    i hate animal crossing mainly because i hadn’t seen my friend all summer and she invited me to her party and she played animal crossing for a lot of the time by herself…pooh.

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