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.
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.)
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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