Some of my fondest childhood memories are from the family gathered about the dining room table playing board games. We were a Parker Brothers family, playing classic games like Payday, Full House, Stop Thief!, and Monopoly. Many hours of rolling dice and moving tokens around a game board mixed with small talk and good, clean family time. The television was off and snacks were distributed to keep our little stomachs full and our minds focused on the fun.
It was the original social networking.
Today’s world is full of distractions: increased pressures from a tough economy, the Internet, advanced gaming machines with hyper-realistic games, hundreds of television stations to channel surf through, and more. But it seems to me that we’ve lost the ability to shut everything off, gather around the table and spend an hour or two with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere. And that’s a shame.
I think I’m going to dig out some of my old board games from storage and bring back a family tradition!