I found this pic somewhere online yesterday and it gave me such a giggle. And it also made me sigh wistfully for games I used to play as a kid. Yep, I could seriously entertain myself with a rock, or a pile of rocks. (Don’t judge me. I’m a writer; we’re all a little weird.) And remember board games that you’d dig out of the closet and the whole family would gather around and shake the dice and climb up ladders, or buy a railroad, or ever remove the funny bone? Or family was big on games when we were kids. Some of my best memories take me back to putting puzzles together with my mom.
Board games are still popular, but a lot of them are played online nowadays. The cool way I connect with my grown kids lately? We play Words With Friends and Hanging With Friends. We usually keep the games going steadily, making numerous moves daily. They’re not sitting across the table from me—which I would prefer—but I still get a motherly twinge of connection by signing in to the iPad and checking out their next moves.
Are online games a new way of connecting? If we can’t get together with family, I like the fact that with a few keystrokes I can make some kind of personal contact. And there’s always the need for me to play games so my brain doesn’t wither in my old age. 😉
What about you and your family? Do you still have the luxury of getting together over a board game, or have you discovered the fun in playing electronically? And what games are keeping your brain sharp?
ps – who will glad match anyone in Words With Friends or Hanging. Find me by searching FB for michelehauf