April 11 Meditation (Ale Cámara)

April 11 Meditation ( Ale Cámara )

April 11 Meditation (Ale Cámara)

You always forget how tiny newborn babies can be.

Of course, the effect is much stronger when you’re meeting one who was born prematurely. As Ale Cámara puts it, his baby (I’m assuming Nora is his baby) was born at 62.5%, which is about 24/25 weeks, depending on how you count it. She weighed 780g, which as Ale points out is slightly less than a packet of rice, and which makes me think of early school maths lessons in which we were told to imagine the weight of a bag of sugar.

This game is about holding such a tiny baby to your chest. Ale encourages the player to fetch a bag of rice to imagine the physical sensation. Hold down the mouse button to breathe in, let go to breathe out, and listen to the sounds of a tiny baby. It makes for a sweet accompaniment to my recent media diet of the graphic novel Kid Gloves (about Lucy Knisley’s pregnancy and the birth of her son) and the podcast Not By Accident (about Sophie Harper’s decision to become a single mother and the early life of her daughter). More games about this kind of parenthood, please.