Wanna Play?

What were your favorite games to play as a child? As an adult? 

The first game I remember playing was Candy Land. My mother had a nice birthday party for me, and one of the guests gave me Candy Land. What fun! My sister and I played all the time, but we liked it most when my grandmother played with us. As I’ve said before, she’d cheat, but it was so obvious and she laughed so hard the game was twice as much fun.

Old Maid was an early favorite too. Nobody wanted to be the old maid so we had lots of laughs playing it. We liked Bingo too. As we got older we spent hours playing our favorites. We loved Sorry, Grandma cheated big time in this one, Parcheesi, Snap, Black Jack, and Authors. I don’t know if Authors is still around now, but in a literature class at school I knew some test answers because of that game.

As an adult most of the games I played were with my husband and our friends. Uno was always fun as was Rummy. One that we still enjoy is Phase 10. It’s also fun to play online Mahjong.

I’ve played Bridge before, but I didn’t especially like it. I don’t like Monopoly either nor Scrabble. You’d think I’d enjoy Scrabble, but when you put me in front of those letters I can’t think of the simplest words.

Truthfully, we don’t play very many games now. One of the friends we always played with died, and we never replaced her, which mostly brought game playing to a halt. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law like to play cards so maybe we’ll invite them over soon for a games night. I think we might have fun.

What about all of you? What are your favorite games?


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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7 Responses to Wanna Play?

  1. Uno has become a favorite in our house lately. We have a set that allows for you to make custom cards. The kids made a card that says “Draw 10” Another one that says “Draw 10, reverse” and another that says “Skip all players” I’ve ended up with nearly the entire deck in my hand before. Our home is always filled with laughter when playing Uno.
    Candy Land was always a favorite. In 2020 when we were stuck in the house I turned my downstairs into the Candyland board game. At each special stop along the game the kids got a special treat. By the end of the game they had a nice little stash of sweets. I told Wyatt we can do it again sometime but outside and with all the cousins.
    I’ve never heard of Authors.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      Your Candy Land game is very creative! No wonder the kids want to play again. Making random cards for Uno sounds life fun too. As far as Authors goes, they probably don’t make it anymore.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Interesting that you don’t like Scrabble either. As a life-long wordsmith, I * SHOULD * be a devotee of Scrabble. But I find it stressful. It must be because I over-think it and place too much expectation on myself AS A WORDSMITH. Whereas, people who don’t necessarily “deal” in words seem to have a blast with Scrabble. In any case, I don’t enjoy it. My dad — who was also a life-long wordsmith — was also a terrific scrabble player, but he had a fantastic vocabulary that puts mine to shame.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      My sister once asked me why I didn’t like to play Scrabble when I was an author. I really didn’t know how to answer her, but maybe you’ve given me an insight as to the why of it.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I love Scrabble and Monopoly. The Bananagrams game I mentioned on Monday is a lot like Scrabble without a board. My grandkids like to play it. My only problem is that having studied several different languages I sometimes use words that aren’t recognized in the Scrabble dictionary.


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