I love board games, really I do, but this afternoon Sorry! lived up to its name.
For a glowing report on all the benefits of board games, click on this. Here you'll find pearls of wisdom such as these:
|Just learning to be a graceful loser.|
- Board games allow you to spend quality, intentional, and uninterrupted time with your children.
- Second to quality time together as a family, children learn how to take turns and be graceful losers when playing board games.
- Finally, board games are excellent for your child’s cognitive development.
Gruesome, I'm telling you, gruesome.
It's cold and rainy. It's going to continue to be cold and rainy. For several weeks it's been rainy. We're running short on diverting activities suitable for all ages and doable indoors. If it hadn't been 42 degrees, we might have grabbed umbrellas and stomped in puddles. But it was 42 degrees, so as I finished up a call or two, I told Kolbe to grab Sorry.
John's reading now. He's shown interest in board games. How fun would this be?
I vaguely remembered having penned a piece long, long ago about the perils of attempting to play and, more to the point, actually enjoy board games with young children. As I read this and this, it all came back to me -- the flying pieces, the meltdowns, the games that have never, never, never, ever, ever, ever in the history of life been played to a conclusion, the time my sweet niece entered into the Game of Life firmly intent on producing girls and girls alone, but getting one boy after another at which point she stood on a chair, pointed a shaking finger at her plastic sedan and shouted, "Get! Them! Boys! Out! Of! My! Car!"
|Quality time at its best!|
Before we started, I took Kolbe aside and laid down one simple, ironclad ground rule: Sorry me all you want; John and Ainsley are off limits.
And so it began.
John picked up his card.
"Move for, for, for. . . " he read slowly, practicing his phonics skills with great concentration.
"Forward," Kolbe and I helpfully offered.
"You read the card!" John wailed. Off he went in a huff.
I corralled John, offered a pep talk, regrouped. Onward into Mordor and all that. We're having fun, darn it!
|The game's more fun if the pieces won't stand up!|
We soldiered on.
Ainsley drew an eight, counted to thirteen or fourteen, knocked over a few more pieces and moved her guy backwards.
Kolbe began to object. I silenced him with a glare. Ainsley wanted another turn. I handed a card to John. Ainsley pouted. John wanted a Sorry card and didn't fully appreciate that Two -- Draw Again is about the most auspicious card in the whole blooming deck.
|An elusive smile.|
Game over. Mercifully, blessedly over.
Is there a patron saint of board games? Is it permissible or at least understandable for a mother -- okay, maybe not me, but some mother -- to ditch her coffee and perhaps pour a glass of something a little more soothing? No? Really?
As I cleaned up later, I glanced at the box and saw that Sorry is recommended for ages six and up. They don't mean five and a half. They certainly don't mean three.
I think I'll take the advice of that website and give Hi Ho Cheerio a try. Or maybe I'll just pray for sunshine.