In praise of good clean family fun
Ah, the joy of a family night of fun board games played in the dining table! By Chutes and Ladders into Monopoly, through Tripoly and Clue, to Stratego, Risk, and Battleship, pandemic board game is simply plain fun.
When we were kids, our pictures were novels and also our game consoles were stored in boxes on the closet shelves. I recently rediscovered this pleasure with my seven-year-old granddaughter. We made a choice to watch television less and spend more time doing things that invited dialogue and personal interaction. It was a fantastic choice. We spent the summer working puzzles, reading books together, and playing games in the dining room table. I now know which women in her class giggle a lot of, which boys can pursue you around the playground, and also just how much homework “that they” expect her to get done. I also had the joy of seeing my very smart, very humorous granddaughter turned into a card shark.
All of this together time required me straight back to my own youth. We never actually had to opt to watch less tv. We just got three stations as well as also my dad’s pursuits ran the gamut in the news to soccer. Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and Joe Namath fairly well dominated the airwaves in our residence. The Philco belonged to Daddy. We played out in sunlight and played inside if the rains arrived or nightfall drove us inside. I can still feel the sensation of sitting round the kitchen table on a chilly night with my sister and brothers and occasionally my parents, the odor of goodies cooking, the bliss swelling with all the downs and ups of game play with. I recall so clearly understanding the warmth and comfort of the location in the household. And all of this is connected in my mind with the delightful pleasure of board games.