I heard a podcast this week in which the two hosts (ages 24 and 30, I believe) were wondering whether the next generation would know or understand how to play the game of chess. It sounded like they believed it wouldn't.
I'm not really concerned about any certain game surviving (except for UNO because UNO rules!) as much as I am about the time we spend around those games with each other.
Board games and card games make you think about the other person, trying to anticipate his or her next move. Is the person a gambler? He or she might take risks other players wouldn't. Is the person more reserved? He or she might be content to not go for broke. Does the person have a lot of head knowledge or does he or she have more limited interests?
Some games, like Scruples, actually help us to understand our friends and family better. No matter the game, though, we usually end up bonding over the experience.
Of course, board and card games aren't the only way to do that, but they are a good way. That's why I hope they stick around for awhile.
Do you have a board or card game bonding experience story you'd like to share? I'd love to hear it. Just hit the reply button.
Let's get to this week's thoughts about slowing down and living deeper.
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Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.