each creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it can block an additional creature.<|endoftext|>there is an old joke in my family about how i grew up as a boy and never knew my father. in other words, my dad's name never came up. when it came to women, my parents didn't want me to know what was considered 'normal' for them, and as i grew older, i learned the phrase 'the only thing a man is born with' to define 'normal'. it never occurred to me that i could be different, that i might have a father, or that maybe what's considered normal for a man might be different than for a woman. the above joke, with its allusion to our family's cultural view of fatherhood, has some relevance for all of us.