Christmas was barely a month ago and already many kids seem to be tired of the games — some of them electronic — they were received on Christmas morning.
With the price of batteries these days, it takes as much of an investment in batteries to keep a gift operating as the gadget itself cost.
So this Christmas, I was determined to purchase the youngsters on my gift list some games that didn’t require batteries.
It took several trips to the store as I had so much fun shopping for board games for pre-school to pre-teen relatives that I wanted to buy one of each for myself.
Back and forth, up and down the aisles I went. And, fortunately for cell phones and the availability of their mothers, I’d find one and quickly text their moms to see if they had it or not.
I studied and studied, wishing I could open boxes to see what the insides looked like, because when I was a kid, that was always a decision maker if I wanted to play or not.
And I must admit, some I chose because of the “cool” packaging, which proves that the marketing of a product is just as important as the game itself.
As I was shopping, I ran across a number of games that my brothers and I played when we were kids.
One of the oldest I saw was a Monopoly game. Who hasn’t played Monopoly? Ours was my mom’s when she was a kid and after much use, the box is nearly collapsed. And it’s from before the days of decorative game pieces, so ours are wooden.
Back during Doss School days, we’d play Monopoly during recess when it was too wintry to go outside.
We had a large table in the back of Ms. Edna’s classroom on which we’d spread out our game. We’d never fold it up when the bell rang — we’d just continue “the next time.”
Many times, the game would go on for days and we’d run out of “money” and have to write IOUs to each other. I guess in the long run, we were learning accounting and money management skills!
By the time every piece of property had been “bought up,” I was usually sunk. At the beginning of the game, I was always too chintzy to buy a piece of property and then it was all bought and I was up the creek and would have to pay every time I landed anywhere.
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