Sunday, December 27, 2009

Games the Big Kids Can't Resist

When you were a kid, did you ever wonder whether Santa had some special deal with the board game companies? The three of us didn't get that many board games, but over the years I have noticed the "filler" present and stocking stuffer action accorded Yahtzee, Uno, Sorry, and the like. In fact, I myself can't resist throwing a few games into the cart when Christmas shopping. I know from experience that the thrill for any one of the games will be short-lived, but I can't tell you how many times I've grabbed a game as another present to add to the stack. You know, Yahtzee might not be the centerpiece present, but it makes a fun side present. Same thing goes for a themed version of Trivial Pursuit or a classic pack of Uno cards.
What did you play when you were a kid? We played Yahtzee so many times that we had the scorecard categories memorized and could use the back of a sheet once the front was filled. War and Go Fish were staples when we could find a complete deck of cards (okay, okay, we could have taken better care of our toys). Another well-used board game involved a piece of plywood and a bag of marbles. Pop drilled marble size slots in the plywood, and Mother and we three kiddos played many games of "Aggravation/Sorry" on it.
These days, kids are reminded to be good sports. There's nothing bad about that, but some people take it to the extreme and scold kids for bragging or celebrating their victories. Well, I am here to tell you that if you are that politically correct, then you are going to have a problem with the battle going on at Grandma's today, LOL. You see, Santa brought Katie a box of "Tumbling Towers," also known as "Jenga" when you buy the non-generic version. Uncle Bubby and I were trying the game out for Kate as she was leaving for town with Grandma, James, and Aunt Soupie. Grandma told Granddaddy that he would have the harder job of refereeing these two "kids." Guess our mother knows us pretty well. Pop didn't have to actually break up any squabbles yet. He did get plenty of entertainment listening to the "cheater, cheater" squawks and "no, you didn't" whines and "Ha!" exclamations, though.
And, he can expect to hear more. Bubby won four games to my three. There's going to be a grudge match later. Of course, Soupie will be home by then, so she'll have to join the battle. I suspect there will be some gloating and talking of the smack! Hope you are all having a fun weekend, too!
THIS IS THE master WILLIAM LEE GREER <----- note the smack already being typed by my little brother when I wasn't at the keyboard!


rosebud101 said...

Sounds like you had a great time at home! Our games are all electronic now, but the smack talk never ceases even though the kids tell me to be a good sport! lol

angelinabeadalina said...

LOL, Mallory! Your kids know who is the BEST! Happy New Year!

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Monopoly... we'd play it for days and days on end... we bought an extra game just to get extra money, houses and motels... we were quite the moguls... and ruthless land lords...
Oh yes we played cards and dominos too ( for quick games).. Good sportsmanship is not getting into a FIGHT over a game... everything else short of fists flying was ok at our house...grudge matches did happen.