What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?
Our family members did not have a special toy for each of us. Yes we had board games, there was snakes and ladders and Monopoly.
Monopoly was my favorite, most of us could play it and there were all kinds of tactic we used to win the game. It was not easy. The winning depended on what numbers we got when we rolled the dice. We did learn to count money buy and sell houses. We had a very enjoyable time.
I learned the art of saving and counting money and also buying and selling houses by playing Monopoly. In real life I neither became a ‘Real Estate’ agent nor an Accountant.
I settled for teaching which in a way helped the experience I got in playing Monopoly,i.e how to do things in a calm manner.
You’re set to play poker( or scrabble or something else—-) with a group of four. Write a story set during this game.Or describe the ideal match, the players, the relationships— and the hidden rivalries.
I’ll go for Scrabble, this is a game I’m familiar with, or Monopoly, I’ve played both these games with my siblings many times and my children as well.
The only problem I face is one of my children does not like losing. Ideally we play games because it’s a source of entertainment, if there are players who’d like to win all the time, the game is stressful.
My ideal team would be: me, my daughter Seeta, my neighbor Jackie and my friend Joan. This to my knowledge will be an ideal team. None of us are worried about winning or losing.
We’d have our seven tiles, the tiles are always face down to avoid cheating. It is a good idea to be able to use all seven tiles at once, if I start the game. It all depends on what the letters are, if I get the letter “Q” and someone else gets “U” I won’t be able to use all the letters. there is a lot of strategy required to play the game well.
Concentration is one of the keys to win or come close to winning, also vocabulary is very important, dictionaries are not allowed.
If all the players get reasonably good letters the game is exciting, otherwise if you can tell from the very start who has a better chance it’s not that encouraging.
What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now , and your favorite childhood toy.
I grew up in a large family, I didn’t have a plaything which solely belonged to me. We played with a variety of things, one of these was we’d stack up seven flat stones one on top of the other and with a tennis ball we tried to hit the stack and scatter the pieces of stones, we continued to play until all the stones were scattered if we missed a shot it would be the turn of the next sibling.
Our best plaything was the board games, Monopoly, Scrabble and one other which I cannot remember.
We had a lot of fun playing , in the game of Monopoly, my eldest brother was always the banker, when he needed money to keep playing, he’d take some when he thought we were not looking, but I caught him each time. We were very noisy my mom said I was the loudest, I had to stop playing and help her with some chores.
I cannot see any connection with our game of Monopoly and my life now. I have the board games, I don’t play at all, I miss playing with my brothers. I’m not the noisy one even if we play once in a while. So there is no connection between life then and now.