Yes, it’s true! The week of November 24th – 30th, 2013 has been declared National Game and Puzzle Week. We have a great display dedicated to this week in our non-fiction display window here at the Camas Library.
I come from a long line of game and puzzle lovers. My first experience with card games came from my mother’s father who taught me how to play solitaire. I was staying with my grandparents during the week and going home on weekends. This was my first glimpse into cheating at cards when my grandfather pulled cards from the bottom of the stack. This helped him to play longer and win more games. Being the honest child that I was at the time, I went home and told my mother that her father cheated at cards. She had a good laugh!
Puzzles are a tradition in my family and I began introducing them to my grandson, Cody, at an early age. We always had a card table set up during the holidays and everyone would take a turn putting in pieces. Sometimes you would see one of my sisters walk by the table, stop, put in a puzzle piece, and keep on going. My sister Pam has bought very difficult puzzles for her daughter over the years, and Wendy has always completed each and every one. The only exception was the year her dog ate a piece, but that’s just one of the hazards of puzzle assembly.
I passed the game playing tradition on to my daughter and we have enjoyed many a board game during her growing up years. One Christmas holiday we were stuck inside for a week with all of her new board games. Monopoly became one of our favorites. When there are only two players you customize the game to fit your needs. So we would start with more money than allowed, pick out our properties, and set up hotels. I just recently learned from Google that this is called Speed Die, and we thought we were original. Oh well, that’s it for now. Stop in and look at our game display this week and have a Happy Thanksgiving. See you next week, Miss Debbie