I don’t know if there is a 12 step program for game playing, but I probably should find one. Hi, my name is Kathy and I like to play games. Not the mind games that none of want to be a part of, but board games and card games even dice games.
I grew up as one of six children and none of us agreed as to who washed dishes yesterday. We all knew that either washing or drying and putting away the dinner dishes was going to be our chore at some point. My mom did not put a chore chart up on the fridge or on the wall, she knew. But often we could get her to play a game of Scrabble to see if maybe she would wash the dishes. We always lost, but it was a way of delaying the inevitable.
We also played cards at most events where family got together. Poker, Canasta and War are the ones I most remember. I had no idea how this might help me later in life. Wait isn’t that a book, all I ever need to know in life, I learned playing cards. Probably not. The ones about first grade make way more sense. Also, I never said I was a good card player. It may have helped with social skills.
To this day I still play games.
At senior centers and apartments everywhere you will find people sitting around tables with board games or card games of all kinds. Some days the bridge or pinochle or canasta players take over, but mostly there is a variety of games at all times. This becomes a social gathering for many, it becomes family for some.
Now you can play almost everything online, but nothing beats the friendships, the skills and the memories created by playing games with your family and/or friends seated around the same table.