Friday, October 15, 2010

"Bored" Games

I was talking to my mother today about organizing and cleaning closets. She is standing there telling me that she was reading an article on organizing and removing clutter from your house. She goes on to to tell me that my brothers and I still have items in our old closets in her house. She wants us to go through the stuff and take what we want or it's gone.

She is finally tired of hanging onto my prom dress, a bridesmaid dress from my brother's wedding that I wore when I was 15. Ugh. That ugly pink dress that my crazy sister in law had to publish on Facebook. She is even ready to part with my almost 39 year old brother's Boy Scout uniform that he wore in like 9th grade?

But then she mentioned that she was going to go through some old board games that she had been saving.

That piqued my interest. Old board games? She said she wasn't going to part with the original Monopoly or Life games she has. She actually has the old LIFE game with the pink and blue cars that you put the corresponding colored "baby" pegs into.

I started thinking about how great it would be to play some of the old board games I used to play when I was a kid. My brothers and I would spend summer days playing Go For It, Monopoly and Scrabble. Those were the good ol days, before internet and online gaming. Before Gameboys and Wii.

I asked her if she still had the original Battleship game marketed by Milton Bradley. She didn't know and hasn't sorted through them yet. I told her if she was going to part with Battleship I would take it. I want to show my kids what it's like to enjoy the company of some one in front of you playing a game where a machine doesn't show you the next move. A game that actually involves some thinking.

I know that a three and seven year old can't play it yet, but what does another three years sitting in my closet matter? It's probably got 15 years of dust sitting on the box anyways. That is unless my younger brother, who is a board game fanatic, took the game when he moved out back in 1999. I sure hope he didn't.

I'm crossing my fingers. Maybe soon I will be calling "Hit"!


Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

Board games are awesome! We have boardgames that we play together as family. I think it's important to show kids that you can find pleasure in a good game with the company of others, not just little machines. I hope your mom's got Battleship!

Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud

Tammy said...

My son got Battleship for his birthday last year and he loves it. We haven't played many board games this summer but we will start in again now that the bad weather is upon us.

Shell said...

I love playing board games! :)

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I hope you get the game! I love battleship!
Stopping by from Mama's Little Nestwork. :)