Somehow, on a Sunday night not long ago, everyone in my family was playing a game together. This is remarkable for many reasons, but mostly because my husband despises all games.
It could also be that I tend to get a little competitive.
Anyway, on this particular night we were all lying on the fluffy beige rug playing The Game of Life – the Twists and Turns version.
Now, this is not the old-fashioned version with the spinner you’d flick with your finger and you’d get a car and fill that car with pink or blue people.
Nay, in this new and
supposedly improved version, an electronic gadget spins for you — after you have inserted your individual credit card and pressed a button that says SPIN on it.
So we’re all looking at this thing that looks like a UFO, listening to it beep, and watching it light up.
You learn a lot about your family when you play games.
For example, my 12-year-old (Tech Support) on marriage:
“It’s good to get LOVE out-of-the-way as soon as you can. It can be a pain.”
On having children:
“You shouldn’t have kids until after you’ve LIVED a little. I’ve tried that and it always ends badly.”
“Life is expensive. You tend to lose money when you LIVE.”
My husband on finances:
“I have no money, but that’s okay because I helped someone to make his dreams come true, and I think that counts for something.”
Later, my husband got rich and greedy. Tech Support and I both heard husband say:
“I want a mansion. Gimmee the biggest, sweetest mansion.”
“How can I have this totally awesome house and not have an awesome car? LIFE makes no sense.”
I couldn’t believe it, but I found myself whining about education:
“This is taking forever! I need to get another degree so that I can be an Executive Chef!”
Meanwhile, that game is clearly confused. I don’t want to be an Executive Chef.
I want to hire an executive chef.
Whatever, I eventually earned my degree and got my $400,000 salary.
Oh and did I mention, I won?
(This might explain why Hubby doesn’t like to play games with me.)
Want to read more from families who play games? Check out this post from Kasey Mathews and this one from Gigi Ross aka: Kludgy Mom.
What have you unintentionally learned about your family while playing games?
UPDATE 3/29: And speaking of games: Today Clay Morgan opens the polls in his 2nd Annual March Movie Madness (#MMM2) Contest for Best Protagonist of All-Time. Amazingly, my boy, Ferris Bueller has made it to the Final Four. If you can find it in your heart to vote to SAVE FERRIS (again), I would appreciate it. He’s up against Westley from The Princess Bride. Methinks I’m going to need a lot of help here. So after 1 pm, click on Educlaytion and SAVE FERRIS.
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