Sunday, March 29, 2009

move back four

Sorry. This is one of Twin B’s favorite games. Yesterday while Llama Papa took the toddler and Twin A to the park, Twin B opted to hang out at home and we settled in for some quality game time. Twin B will be quick to tell you that Sorry is mostly a game of luck, not skill, but still—nobody likes to lose. And about halfway through the game, Twin B. was losing badly.

Just when he would start to pull ahead, get some guys out of start, he would fall behind again. I would get a Sorry card, or trade places with one of his guys, putting him back where he started. And then came the true bad luck—the move back four card. This is a great card to get when you’ve just let your guy out of start, but a real bummer when you’re halfway around the board.

And Twin B. got six in a row.

When he drew the last one, he exclaimed, “Oh, man! Are you kidding me?” And then he flashed his toothless, first grader smile, threw his head back and laughed.

I laughed with him, and we both shook our heads at his rotten luck.

It’s just a game, but I’m glad he can laugh when things aren’t going his way. Sometimes life keeps giving you one Move Back Four card after another, and what else can you do?

Have a good laugh and keep moving.


Anonymous said...

everything we really need to know we learned in kindergarten (or in this case, first grade?) I love the wisdom of the toothless! Suzy

WilyHacker said...

Sorry is much more interesting if you use the adult rules (I bet your twins could handle them). The idea is that you hold 5 cards in your hand and you get to choose which card to play when. Nothing like waiting for someone to enter the safe zone and Bam! Sorry.

My second grader gets a very mischievous grin on her face when playing Sorry. It's quite fun.

everydayMOM said...

Move Back Four also can be a blessing. If you have just stepped out of Start and you get that card, you get to go backward four steps, which places you just steps away from Home. It's always nice when life deals you one of those once in a while.

ChosenRebel said...

Laughter. One of the great gifts of God. My wife married me, in part, because I didn't get all bent out of shape when she beat me at backgammon.
Twin B is headed in the right direction. No doubt because of the wisdom of his Llama Mamma.

L.L. Barkat said...

Yeah. I was just advising a good friend today (who is facing some really difficult things) to go ahead and put those things aside just for this week (goodness knows, they'll still be there next week) and find some things to laugh about... and laugh for the week. As a gift to herself.