Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts! Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.
I’ve always loved games—card games, board games, video games…pretty much any type of game.
This week I was going through my vast collection of games that have been stored in the basement. Some from when the kids were small, and some from when my husband and I used to host “Game Nights”. Loved game nights—we’d invite several couples over and generally we’d do a theme and everyone would bring a dish to pass that went with that theme. We’d play loud, riotous games of Pictionary, The Newlywed game, Balderdash—and many more.
Anyway, I’m getting off track. Going through this massive stack I knew it was time to either donate some of them to Goodwill or send a few home with my daughter the next time she’s visiting.
I had a great time sorting through them and found it hard to believe how many I’d kept. There were games purchased years ago when my kids were small. Remember HI-HO Cheerio or Guess Who? I loved playing those games with the kids. I think sometimes I enjoyed playing the games more than them. We even had the Barney memory game…lol. I’m sure none of my kids would confess to loving Barney now, but they did. He was the coolest purple dinosaur in the land.
It made me reminisce about games we played as kids. One of my all time favorites was a game called MYSTERY DATE. My mom picked it up at a yard sale when I was a kid and I remember playing it with my sister and the neighbor girls on the front porch. I think that’s when my love of romance began. Lol. We all wanted to open that mystery door and find the hot guy with the white tux coat smiling back at us.
Another favorite was OPERATION. I begged my mom to play all the time. Probably drove her crazy. For some odd reason I even toyed with the idea of becoming a doctor…lol But one nice thing about that game, it was easily played solo.
And of course there were all those old time favorites like LIFE, TROUBLE and MONOPOLY (which I played endlessly in the summer with a neighbor friend on rainy days or after the streetlights came on and we had to come inside…we’d have games go on for weeks…lol).
My brother and I used to play WATERWORKS and that was fun, but not many people seem to remember that game. I know he also liked what I always referred to as “boy games”…you know, RISK or STRATEGO—those are the only two I can think of because usually he ended up playing them with my cousin, who—I swear—had every board game ever made. LOL
Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please…
What’s a board game you have the fondest memories of from your childhood?
Looking forward to reading your answers!