My family loves games. Primarily Scrabble. We often used to sit around the living room and begin a rousing game, often challenging each other on the legitimacy of words (my brother liked to make some up).
When I was in college in Evanston, Ill., my brother lived on the north side of Chicago. On Sundays, he and I would try to meet at a coffee shop about halfway between our two places to play a round and catch up on each other’s lives.
Now, our game nights are primarily around the holidays when all of us are together. As we’re pretty far apart, we also play some mobile versions of the games to keep each other on our toes.
Recently, as I was perusing the game aisles for something to take on a trip next month, I came across some old favorites from my childhood.
Remember Candy Land, Sorry, Chutes and Ladders and Battleship? The colors, the utter disappointment when your opponent sunk a ship or you landed on the spot in Chutes and Ladders that bumped you all the way back to the beginning.
Those were fun.
The games today are OK, but nothing compares to some of the oldies.
At my house, game night usually meant rousing laughter and the opportunity to poke fun at each other. It still does.
Perhaps it is the nostalgia of childhood toys that makes me miss those nights so much (they only happen a couple times a year now). More than likely though, it is the memories of laughter and fun because even as I get older and we continue to challenge each other with board games, I love the simple act of sharing an activity with family.
What a treat.
By the way, if you’re looking for a fun little game to take on a plane or stuff in a backpack for around a campfire, look for one called “Left, Right, Center.” It is simple, compact and still as fun as a Barrel of Monkeys.
Kristen Czaban is managing editor of The Sheridan Press.