My mom has a huge variety of games in the back room. There are at least three word games, at least six versions of trivial pursuit, and a bunch of party games.
The first game that we played on Thursday was Scrabble. My mom wanted to play and Jenna joined us. I was impressed when she found the word “raisin” among my tiles – of course it wasn’t worth much. But Jenna against grandma? Those were fair odds. And so I decided to put Jenna in charge.
But after only about four words she got tired of spelling and decided that she would just keep score. And she was really doing fine until she misaligned the 30 and gave us 404 points instead of 134. Silly girl.
The game was long, and Jenna slipped away to play with the tangram puzzle my mom had purchased years ago. We ended up playing several games including Upwords, Taboo and Apples to Apples.
Celebrity Taboo did not work out too well, but Jenna and my mom both seemed to enjoy the regular taboo – except for when Jenna insisted on using the buzzer (which my nephew had once used as a toy electric razor and gave it the name “shaver”) but I told her to stop because it was “annoying grandma and making her flustered” which really was the truth, but Jenna didn’t seem to believe me.
The game that had us laughing most was Apples to Apples. The cards in our hands didn’t always go with the word. That’s when mom would laugh – at the two obviously stupid choices. Like the word “charming” describing “a terrorist attack” or “Adolf Hitler” for example.
My biggest laugh came with Jenna’s mispronunciation. The green card gave the description word of “Horrid” I had thrown in “Bad Dogs” onto the table as it was the most horrid of my hand. Jenna was about to pick it until I made her read them both out loud.
She held the other card and read, “The Attack of Pearl Hairball” – after my mom explained to her what it really was and why it was picked, Jenna decided that it was a lot more horrid than “Bad Dogs”
It really doesn’t matter who wins or loses the game (especially now) just so long as we’re having fun. And it is actually the most fun I’ve had playing games with my mom in the last couple of years.