Family Game Night
I have suggested family game nights before but the kids weren’t usually interested. They always each had their own thing going on. Reggie would be surfing the internet or listening to his jazz music. Ryan would be watching basketball. Ryland would be playing his Pokemon Gameboy Advance Game. Their dad isn’t really interested and I would end up also doing my own thing, like surfing the net if the computer is free or watching my movies.
School’s been out for a week now and they have been doing the things I’ve mentioned during the day. I guess Ryan was getting bored and asked the other day, “Are we having a Game Night?”
My eyes lit up and I enthusiastically answered, “Sure. When do you want to do it?”
“Hmmn, what about on Friday?”
“Friday it is!”
We agreed on Scrabble and we set it up on the living room table. Reggie didn’t want to play. He was up in their room playing his flute along with his jazz music. And dad wasn’t home. He works at night. Ryan wasn’t too happy at first. But I said, “The three of us is still a family.”
So we gathered around the table. It was my turn first, then Ryland who was on my left and then Ryan who was on the other side of the table.
Scrabble is one of my favourite board games. One of my fond memories as a little girl is playing scrabble with my father, mother and sister in our house in Noveleta, Cavite. We would sprawl on the floor around the board with a thick dictionary beside us to check if there was such a word as jig or quay. I think I’ve memorized all the words under Q because I wanted to make sure that I got rid of that letter and also the letter Z before the end of the game lest 10 points, or 20 points if I had both, got subtracted from my score. But then again, I wanted these letters to land on either the double or triple letter scores.
“Is ‘roan’ a word, Mommy?” Ryan asked.
“Hmmn. Let’s check.”
So we searched on dictionary.com and whadda you know. It is.
“Roan – Having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray: a roan horse.”
We’ve learned a new word.
Later on, “Is ‘tor’ a word?”
“You know the drill.”
“Tor – A high rock or pile of rocks on the top of a hill.”
We learned another one.
It was fun. I guided them on how to use the double and triple letter and word scores. I had to help Ryland a lot. He’s only eight. At one point Ryan wasn’t too happy when he had the lowest score.
“Ryan, this is not about winning or losing. It’s about having fun.”
That boy is very competitive. He always wants to be the first. He always wants to win. I’ve explained to him many times, “Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.”
He was happy when the game ended. He finished second. And guess who won. Moi. (That’s French for me.)