Game Time!

My family has enjoyed almost all the games represented in this photo! (Image from

Our resident hound asked us to describe our favorite game to play both in our childhood and as an adult.

Growing up, I remember playing card games – my parents would play cribbage late at night with their friends and I always saw card-playing as a fun social activity. They would often play card games with us kids like crazy 8s, Old Maid, and War. Dad also taught us how to play Solitaire. Whenever we’d complain about having nothing to do, we’d either be handed a book or a deck of cards.

Later on, our family gatherings would often include board games. Each family has a collection of games that are brought out after dinner or holiday gathering. Both my daughters have extensive collections of games from complicated games of strategy like Settlers of Catan and Monopoly to simple ones like Bananagrams. My two youngest grandkids often play as well – they’re learning game strategy, as well as the art of losing gracefully.

Since I’ve pretty much given up on hosting gatherings, I’ve gotten rid of most of my board games and I have only a few decks of cards. When I’m alone, which is most of the time, I play word games on my ipad. Words with Friends, Word Crossy, and Wordle are my current favorites. I also play several games of solitaire daily to wind down in the evenings (and when I’m procrastinating). I find the word games challenging, and I learn new words, although I think I’d retain them better if I could see the words used in context. Anyway, I keep myself entertained with the wide variety of games available to me online. 

What games do you enjoy? Are they the same ones you enjoyed in the past?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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10 Responses to Game Time!

  1. I think that games are important. It is a shame that there are fewer and fewer games being played by families. I probably have a lot to say about games.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m glad my family loves games of all kinds.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    My son is the king of card games… and married into a family that LOVES card games.
    More on Hound Day about my own preferences / memories.

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  4. Diane Burton says:

    My mom taught us how to play rummy. Hubs and I used to play gin rummy. We should do that more. Gram taught us how to play poker. She had a weekly card group. They played Crazy 8s as well as poker. No money, just chips. I love Trivia and we have several versions, including Star Wars. Our oldest grandchild is the King of Star Wars Trivia. LOL I play several games on my computer–solitaire, mahjong, word search, crosswords. I figure the last 2 will keep my mind sharp.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m hoping the games will keep my mind working, too. I never learned how to play poker! I do remember all the various Trivial Pursuit versions. How nice that your grandson enjoys it too! Thanks for stopping in, Diane.

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  5. I enjoy word games too. I took Words With Friends off of my phone a few years ago but have been thinking of getting it again. I haven’t been able to find a word game lately that I really enjoy, I’ll have to look into the ones that you mentioned.

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  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    We used to play card games with my grandma. She cheated, but she’d do it so there was no way we could miss it. She’d laugh and laugh when we called her on it. We just loved her.

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