This Friday is my sixty-second birthday. I’m not at the point that I am ready to brag about my age either. Hubby wanted to know if I’d like to have a party, and we all know how much trouble that is. It’s not the fact that I don’t want to listen to others’ pensions schemes and ailments, or how wonderful their last vacation was, it’s just that at my age I am content to spend a quiet evening with my better half.
When we were kids we had lots of games that we used to play at parties. They were always lots of fun and we always ended those parties with a little goody bag of candies and cheap toys.
Well now that I am getting older, the games have definitely changed. Instead of playing “Simon Says”, the hubby and I enjoy our own version called “Wifey Speak Up”. This game is a particular favorite. It consists of me repeating myself relentlessly until I forget what it was that I wanted to ask him, or until I just give up waiting for an answer.
Our rendition of “Spin the Bottle” aptly renamed “Spin the Hot Water Bottle” or “Turn on the Heating Pad” is another game that we enjoy so much that it is played on a daily basis in the winter. My feet freeze over the end of September and that is usually when this game begins and it doesn’t stop until the following June.
We still play Musical Chairs, but now it’s Musical Recliners and the winner is the person who can stay in the chair the longest without getting up to pee. Once you leave the chair, it is immediately forfeited just like the original game, and the only difference is that it is played not to music, but through TV commercials and shows.
We used to love “Eye Spy”, but now we play a lot of “Where the %@l% did I Put That!” We go around looking for things that we have put down two seconds previously and now can’t seem to find. Especially things like my glasses. That is what makes this game a toughie. Without your glasses on, it’s darn hard to find your glasses! This game is usually played in conjunction with the “Memory Game”, also known as “I Forget”. Another game we like to play alot is “Button, Button, Loosen the Button!” This one is played just after dinner and we never miss a day without at least a few hours of this one.
Sometimes, if I am particularly grumpy we play a round or two of “Hag Your It”, but I don’t really cotton to this game at all. Hubby on the other hand seems to get a real kick out of it.
Although our choice of games has pretty much stayed the same, the game play has definitely changed to meet our aging needs. That’s what makes these games classics. And for my birthday, I am going to play my very favorite game of all time. “Hide and Go Soak.” Happy Birthday to me!!!
Author Val Enders resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard, and they’ve been together for over 40 years. Val doesn’t consider herself a writer by profession, rather she writes more for her own enjoyment. An accomplished artist, Val’s a member of the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove. Visit Val’s “Journey Into Art” website at www.vals.webs.com