We sat around my daughter’s table tonight, playing Chinese Checkers with the girls for the first time.
Hearing the youngest cheering on her older sister for making such a great plan and jumping all those marbles made me think back to oh so many Sunday afternoons playing boardgames through the years. Back in the 1970’s our Grandparents used to have us over on Sundays and we would sit around that green table in the photo up above, hour after hour, and enjoy learning how to think and have fun at the same time. In that photo is the next generation doing the same thing at the same place on the same boards but without Grandpa’s teaching skills. It was important that when my own grandchildren came along, they too were taught in the ways of boardgames on Sunday afternoons, and so we start them off usually with checkers. I was pleasantly surprised to learn my father-in-law also carried on this tradition with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Always the younger ones want to get in on the action. Sometimes going thru old photo’s we find someone was so pleased with their games they took photo’s and left them around as proof of something so I include it here for whoever played this game.Uncles decide to get down and help out too.There is just something about rootbeer and icecream on game day that keeps the generations happy! Some people even send you home to get the games when they are in the hospital. We oblige them because we know we now stand a chance to win! It is nice to get new games every so often We could be watching a show on the TV or playing by ourselves on the computer, but then Grandpa would eat all the pretzels by himself.
And how fun would that be?