Monday, January 19, 2009

Good Old Fashioned Fun

My mother came to visit this weekend, and it is always so nice to have her around. We went shopping, ate lunch, and lounged around in front of the fireplace just visiting. I didn't get any writing done, but that's perfectly ok.

Last night, my brother and his girlfriend came over for cake and ice cream since it was the girlfriend's birthday. She is already a member of the family and lots of fun to be around. When my daughter suggested we play a game of charades (defined as: A game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players), the girlfriend jumped right in.

As I sat there watching her and my mom and my daughter acting out these absurdly funny charades (and I did my own share of goofy moves), I thought, wow. This is so much fun. Why don't people do this anymore? It's so simple. All it requires is a handful of phrases or words written on slips of paper, and people willing to get up and act them out. No television. No remote. No stereo equipment.

When was the last time you played charades?


  1. Your evening sounds like it was so much fun and you got time to share with each other!
    We used to play charades when my daughter was young and when all the family got together. But it has been so long as we don't do that anymore since we live so far away.
    Cherish those moments!

  2. We LOVE charades! And it's soo simple! One of my favorite ways to play it, is each member of the group comes up with two movies, two famous people and two books. That's really fun, because sometimes when they're acting out what you wrote you don't even get it! LOL!

  3. Just have to say: I love your blog. Pantomime is not one of my fortes. I break out giggling and never do justice to my word or phrase, but it is a FUN way to spend time with family and friends.

  4. It's been far too long. I like that game!

  5. I can't remember the last time. That's not good!

    Glad you had such a great weekend. :)

  6. How cool is that, playing charades with the bigger family? And great memories for your DD too. Haven't played in years. Before my mom became ill, we played a lot of Scrabble and Boggle together. I miss that.

  7. I can't remember the last time I played Charades, it's been that long. But there's nothing like settling in with a good old fashioned game, Charades, Monopoly, Yahtzee. Good times.

  8. I agree with you, I don't think we play these fab games nearly enough.

  9. It's been years since I played charades. Too many years! I was always hopeless at it, too.

    Glad you had such a lovely time.

  10. I often suggest family charades and always get shot down with looks of contempt. ;)

  11. My kids and their friends suddenly started playing this over Christmas. It was great to see :)

  12. I've never in my whole life actually played charades.

  13. Good, fun company is stimulating and, well, fun. I don't think I've ever played charades ... other than the ones we sometimes have to in life. I do love to play Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit and Cluedo and board games like that, though ... it just doesn't happen very often when you've no opponents.

  14. I don't play charades. Since I've worked in the theatre for so many years, it's too much like a busman's holiday for me, and not relaxing.

    I'm glad you had fun with it, though.

  15. Terri - Maybe you could start playing them again. It's my opinion that you don't need any children around to play this game. :-)

    Giddy - I bet playing charades is tons of fun with all your kids!

    Vic - Thanks for stopping by. And yeah, I don't think I'm very good at it, either, but I think that's part of the fun, too. :-)

    Brian, Janna, and Joanne - Hope you play it soon!

    Angie - Scrabble is another game that we used to play a lot of.

    Debs and Shirley - It was definitely lots of fun.

    Robin -'ll have to tell your family that it is MUCH funnier than watching the best comedy on t.v.!

    Toni - I'm so glad your kids started doing this. Maybe you can videotape them without them knowing. :-)

    Travis - You'll need to try it sometime!

    Diane - I have a suggestion. Why don't you get the mates from Rock Legacy to get into a rousing game of charades? Mick can pretend to be Mr. Darcy. ;-)

    Devon - I can see how it would be too much like work. :-)


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