When the power is out after a hurricane or blizzard, board games and decks of cards become the perfect way to pass the time. For some of us, dominos and Parcheesi stir up memories of epic rivalries and alliances. On rainy summer afternoons, long sessions of Monopoly and Canasta sped past as we learned strategy and betrayal. We played Scrabble and cribbage so innocently, never realizing we were learning vocabulary and arithmetic.
Spending time solving puzzles and playing cards created moments so vivid that I can still recall each player and where they sat. Wandering among the games and puzzles here on Etsy, I was flooded with memories of shouts of triumph and high-pitched laughter.
My mother played Tiddlywinks as a child and never forgot the sharp click that signified a perfect squidge of a wink.
I have great respect for friends who do the Sunday New York Times crossword in ink.
Completing jigsaw puzzles moved at a slow pace and allowed plenty of time for conversations and confidences.
The crisp flapping sound of cards still reminds me of my joy when I finally learned how to shuffle accurately.
What are your favorite games and puzzles to play with friends?