The weekend’s here! I don’t think that I that I have anything particularly profound to say today. It was a busy day getting ready for the Easter egg hunt tomorrow. Elli and her friends played school in one of the Sunday school classrooms while Kate and I checked and counted eggs. Playing school was a new game to her and she is excited to try it again at home.
When Nate got home we played a game of Guess Who Mix N Mash version. Elli received this game for her birthday and it has been an instant hit. It’s nice because it offers so much more variety than the original version (which I still love), and the fun character combinations keep their interest. We had a pretty uneventful game where everyone had fun.
I believe that games are so important to the health of families. They challenge our minds creating new problems to solve often increasing math and logic capacities. They teach us patience; as a child I spent numerous hours playing Aggravation until I could play it without wailing when I was knocked back home. Games help us learn to follow rules with a certain amount of decorum that easily translates to other situations that life presents. Games can increase our vocabulary. As I sit here Jeff is busy playing Word Mix on the Kindle. Beyond all this, games are a fun way to connect with those we care about. When we play a game everything else gets turned off and we focus on the game and the person we’re playing it with. Games give me a chance to see how Nate and Elli are progressing with basic skills, today I was able to see Nate using more complicated skills in his character eliminations. Through games we share time and a common experience. In a society that so often pulls our families apart in so many areas, games can play a pretty incredible role in maintaining some sanity and unity. I think I need a little of that right now, so a round of Banagrams might just be in my near future … and Jeff’s not that he knows this yet.