Remember, once upon a time, when we all knew how to play? I’m not talking about children playing, that’s a whole other post! I’m talking about us. The adults in the room. How long has it been since you laughed and played? It hasn’t been too long for me. My grandchildren were here recently and we played games. I love to play Apples to Apples with them. It’s a fun game with not a lot of competition and a lot of laughter.
I’ve always enjoyed playing games. I remember the time when my sister and I kept a game of Monopoly going all summer. We changed the rules a little and borrowed money every time we went broke. This past week, when it was so hot outside, I decided to drag out my games. There was a problem though. I had no one to play the games with. Mr. H only likes to play Checkers and he beats me every time, so that’s no fun for me! I’m not a sore loser, I just would like to win every now and then! I spent seven days playing with games. Notice I said WITH games. I’ve been photographing them. To me, that’s play! Now, a little about that game Mr. H beats me at, Checkers. The board game called “Checkers” in North America and “Draughts” in Europe is one of the oldest games known to man. Evidence of Checker games have been found in Egyptian burial chambers.
The curious side of me wanted to know more about the games I played with, so off to Google I went. I found plenty of information. For instance, did you know that there are at least twelve games that are still popular today, but that were invented over 50 years ago? Here’s the list: Risk, Candyland, Clue, Chutes & Ladders, Scrabble, Sorry, Stratego, Monopoly, Chinese Checkers, Life, Chess, and Checkers. I have nine of these in my game cabinet. I don’t have Risk, Stratego, or a Chess game, but I have played them. They require a little too much thinking for them to be fun to me!
My Chinese Checker game is from my childhood. Chinese Checkers was invented in Germany in 1892. The name Chinese Checkers originated in the United States as a marketing scheme by Bill and Jack Pressman in 1928. It has always been my favorite game. Not only do I love marbles, but I love the sound of them hitting the metal as you jump across the board.
Digging around in my sash of games I found our Clue game. Clue was invented by Anthony E. Pratt in 1944. Pratt came up with the idea during the Second World War. He once said “Between the wars all the bright young things would congregate in each other’s homes for parties at weekends. We’d play a stupid game called Murder, where guests crept up on each other in corridors and the victim would shriek and fall on the floor.” He missed playing parlor games and attending parties during the blackouts and decided to create a board game of his favorite parlor game, Murder.
I’m embarrassed to say that I never wondered who was murdered. I guess I never read the directions, my mom probably taught us how to play. I went to the directions and there was my answer. “Mr. Boddy – apparently the victim of foul play – is found in one of the rooms of his mansion.” Did you know it was a Mr. Boddy that was murdered? Millions of times the mystery of who, what, and where has been solved, but nobody knows why the unfortunate Mr. Boddy was killed in his mansion.
I think I’ll stop this post now. I’ve shown you three of the seven games I played with. I’ll be back next week with the rest of them. If I put them all in this post, it would be way too long. In the meantime, take a little time to play and laugh!
"A good laugh is sunshine in a house."