Always Playing

This week we’re discussing our favorite games. I love games. I don’t know how I can narrow it down to a favorite game from my childhood and then my favorite game now. There are so many different kinds of games too! Do I choose a board game, card game, or video game? I love them all. Game night is my favorite night of the week. We do have Family Game Night every week. We have two large book case shelves that are stacked full of games, plus the games that are scattered in different areas of the house.

Games have always been a large part of my life. I remember early mornings after helping my brother on his paper route when we would buy bags of candy then play poker on the living room betting our candy. My grandma taught me how to play solitaire while I was staying with her when my dad was in the hospital. Then playing Black Jack with my dad after Grandma passed away while we were staying at the farm the night before the auction (we played with quarters and he let me win so that I would have my own money in case there was something of my grandparents that I wanted that was being put up for auction). Throughout middle school early weekend mornings would be spent playing Super Mario Bros or Castlevania: Simon’s Quest on the Nintendo, Tetris and Duck Hunt were other games that got a lot of attention as well. My brothers and I would walk the three blocks to the video store to rent games. When I went to visit my older brother on the military base I would get to play Rummy with him and a group of soldiers who lived in the same barracks as him. In high school, lazy afternoons were spent in the shed at my best friend’s house where we would play card games such as Rummy and Golf. When I was a young mom I learned how to play Euchre. Sometimes I would play with people in person but most of the time I played in an online league with people who were complete strangers but some ended up being pretty good friends by the end of it. My younger brother would often stop by to visit and we would order pizza and play Halo on the Xbox. When Jessica was really little we would play a karaoke game on the Xbox as well. You scored depending on how well you kept the tune while singing. Of course through all those years there were other games such as Uno, Skipbo, Trouble, Candy Land, Operation, Clue, Risk, and so many more. I still have many of these games. We could probably go through several months of game night and not repeat a game BUT we do often repeat games because everyone has a favorite.

In my elementary years I think my favorite game was Monopoly. I was always one of two tokens, the thimble (because I collected them) or the shoe (because it looked like Peter Pan’s). Every Christmas morning my brothers and I would wake up a few hours before everyone else. We weren’t supposed to wake my parents up until 7 (I think that was the time). We would take turns sneaking down the stairs as quietly as we could (we would practice this for weeks before Christmas to make sure we could go down the steps without waking up our parents) in order to see what might be waiting under the tree. Of course we’d glance at our stockings and perhaps feel the outside of them to try to guess what might be in them. Then we would go back up the stairs to the boys’ bedroom where we would spend those early morning hours playing Monopoly while we waited until it was time to wake up our parents.

In high school my favorite game was Rummy. My grandma June taught me how to play it when I was younger but I didn’t really appreciate the game until a few years after she had passed. When I was 13 and 14 I would play it with my oldest brother and his friends when we went to visit him in Fort Hood, Texas. I felt so grown up getting to play a game with all those soldiers and being asked what my opinion was of the rules. I guess when you get that many people together from different areas of the country that they all learn how to play slightly different variations of the game. So it was a lot of fun for me to get to be the deciding vote on the rules for the game when we played together. Looking back I bet a lot of those men missed their own little siblings which is probably why they were all so sweet toward me. Playing cards with them was always a night filled with laughter and stories. That game continued to be a favorite of mine through the rest of my school days. My little group of close knit friends spent hours after school and on the weekends in the shed playing cards and talking.

Fast forward to three kids later and I still love games. I don’t get to play Rummy much any more. I did just tell Jessica and Wyatt that I am going to teach them both how to play. I think they would enjoy the game. Wyatt has learned more card games than Jessica. She prefers board games over cards though her favorite game of all is Disney Scene it which is a board game where you have to answer questions about Disney movies after watching or listening to clips on a DVD. We first played that game when Wyatt was just a few weeks old and it is still her favorite. I think of all the games that we play now Monopoly is still a favorite. I know a lot of people complain about that game but I love it. It takes HOURS to play. I’ve never played a game that didn’t take at least 2 hours. I think the longest we spent on a game of Monopoly was about 3 1/2 hours and even then it was down to two players and we called a tie because we were tired. Playing this game with my mom is even more fun. She cheats, and it is hilarious trying to catch her. We eventually bought Monopoly Cheater’s Edition for her but it had more rules than the original game and it wasn’t nearly as fun so we only played that twice. I think we have a total of 4 different versions of Monopoly but the original is still a favorite.

How has your taste in games evolved through the years?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to Always Playing

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Sounds like you have many wonderful memories — former & current — that deeply involve games of one type or another. I think it’s terrific that siblings (& cousins, whatever) could come together, forget their differences (if any) & scuffles… and enjoy a few hours of inexpensive entertainment.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I like the original Monopoly best, too. Game night is a great family activity!

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  3. My grandson beat me so badly at Monopoly when he was younger that he insisted on taking a picture of what was left on the board and whet was left of my money…and his bundle of money and properties.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Family game night is a super idea. I’m glad you and your family enjoy it so much.


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