The Book of Me – Written by You is a weekly blog prompt created by Julie Goucher of the blog Angler’s Rest. This is a fifteen month writing project to highlight my life so that I will have something to leave behind for my descendants. Week seventeen’s prompt is Toys and Games.
- Can you remember your first toy, or game?
- Do you still have it?
- Who did you play with?
- Did you play board games?
- Have you inherited any of your family games & toys?
- Share some pictures if you would like to!
My first remembered toy is my rag doll, Lizzie. I am sure there were probably other, earlier toys, but Lizzie is the one I remember. My mother made her for me as well as Raggedy Ann and Andy, and lots of doll’s clothes for them all. Many of the clothes were made from scraps of clothes that my mother made for me or herself from all those lovely 1970s fabrics. Lizzie is a faithful friend who has stayed with me through the years. She looks a little worse for wear now and has moved into the treasured heirloom category.
My oldest playmate is my little brother. We played lots of board and card games over the years. Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Chutes and Ladders, Chess, Parcheesi, Battleship and Life are a few of the board games we played. Clue is probably my all time favorite. Uno was a favorite card game. With the regular card deck, games like War and Rummy were popular. When I got older, one of the preferred games I played was Hearts. Computer games really were not a part of my childhood. The first home computer or television monitor games (like Atari or Texas Instruments) were just starting to be made. My brother (being younger) had more time to be exposed to them.
In many ways, I love and hate games. Board and card games are great fun to pass the time with while camping, but I rarely play one at home (even with my children) although our front closet is stuffed full of them. Many board games have lots of little pieces and parts that get lost or broken. At this point, we all have personal tablets so we play lots of individual or solitary games. I sometimes play Sudoku or other apps on my tablet. As a Doctor Who fan, I recently downloaded the Doctor Who: Legacy app for my iPad. The game is created by and for Doctor Who fans. Partially based on the app game Candy Crush (which I have never played), the game uses the different Doctors as well as various companions to play. Part of the fun is unlocking the various Doctors and companions and seeing who you can collect. The levels of the game are based upon the different television seasons, episodes and feature the various aliens from the show. It is very addicting! I recently got my daughter hooked, too. We spent some quality time this morning playing and discussing the game. For Christmas, the game makers brought out holiday themed levels and decorations. I am looking forward to the next major level (Season Five) to be released after the New Year.
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