Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Every New Year’s Eve was game night at my parents' home. There was always a large spread of junk food and sugared drinks that were mostly forbidden, except for this special holiday.

Dad’s favorite game was Balderdash. For posterity’s sake, the premise of the game is to make up a definition for an unknown word. Each person makes up a definition and then the group votes on which definition is correct. Every person that you can trick moves you one step closer to the end of the game and winning.

Being allowed to play this game was like an acceptance of maturity, a welcome into the adult world. And it was so fun. Dad, I don’t think, ever won. His specialty was writing definitions so ridiculous that he’d get the whole table hooting. Dad himself would getting laughing so hard that he was crying and slapping the table and getting his hankie out to blow his nose. As the night wore on, Dad’s answers would get sillier and sillier, and the laughter was uproarious.

My mom or my uncle usually technically won the game, but no one cared. With Dad at the table, the point was to have fun and so, although Dad often came in dead last, Dad was really the winner every time.


Laurie said...

What a great memory and what a fun Dad! I hope my kids have memories like that to tell someday. At this point, they don't. I suppose it's time to get started. They are growing up fast!

Hey, how was your lunch date the other day? I want to do that when I come that way this summer. I'm planning a vacation that Ken doesn't know about yet. It'll be fun but I for sure want to see you guys when we come.

Alisa said...

I love this! Silly Dads are the best- I have one. Laughing hard all night long with far worth "losing." You're good at remembering stories like these. I have some that I should think to post.

I loved seeing you again and CUTE little Beck who slept the whole time! Can't wait to do it again and maybe see him awake.

zippy said...

What a fun dad and a great memory too! Aren't family traditions, like game night on New Year's Eve, wonderful? Hope J-rod and I are creating memories like that for our kids.

Jena Webber said...

I grew up with this game too!! It was called the Dictionary Game--truly an adult thing to be involved with. Thanks also for listing me in your side column--fun!