I announced to the family that Thursday was game night. Specifically, “Rummy 500 Night.” My announcement was welcomed with moans and protests. It may have been the added tidbit that no electronics would be welcome between the hours of 6pm and 9pm. I don’t need to tell you I wasn’t the most popular person in the house.
Every night after dinner, the five of us sit in the living room. On the surface, we are together but a quick glance around the room tells you that we are junkies. Electronic junkies, that is. I’m just as much to blame. We are a huge gamer family so the game systems work overtime in my house. The kids know if I’m yelling at them to get off the games it’s usually because I want my turn.
My family is used to my silly ideas though and don’t usually get upset. For the most part, they end in fun so when the family complains they do it with a smile. One time I voted that we eat dessert before dinner. That was a huge hit. Another time I voted that we have leftover birthday cake for breakfast calling it, “breakfast cake.” Another big hit. I should probably cut back on the cake ideas now that I think about it.
When Thursday finally arrived, I received lots of whining and sad faces when I demanded all phones be turned off. There was an abundance of jokes circulating about me trying to convert the family to Amish. I just smiled as I watched/argued with each member to turn their phone off.
I explained the rules of the game and after a few practice hands; we were on our way to some good old fashioned, no electronics, fun. We never finished the game because finishing games with my family is impossible. They love to harass each other, stop to tell jokes, and cheat. Yes, I said cheat. If there is a way for my husband to cheat during board games, he will find it. I don’t play Monopoly with him anymore. He’s banned. And now that I think about it, that probably worked in his favor. He hates board games.
Anyway, I’m happy to report Rummy 500 Night turned out to be a big success. I don’t know if anyone will be requesting it on a regular basis like “breakfast cake” but I know they will remember it for many days to come.
With Love and Gratitude,