The ultimate in 'chips'.

We are not gamblers.

We’re not.

But we taught our kids to play poker.

Maybe I should explain . . .

We have a timeshare condo in Banff, Alberta.

Every year, for one week, that beautiful corner of the world is ours.

But, sometimes, it rains.

We don’t mind much.

There is still the swimming pool, where our kids spend 6 hours of the day.

And the cable TV.

A special treat that absorbs another segment.

But for the time usually spent  walking/hiking, we have to get creative.

Board games.

Genius.

Cards.

Even better.

So with a deck of cards and a large bag of Smarties, we set out to teach them poker.

I know. I know.

Hear me out . . .

We had the list from our Rummoli game, so we knew that a flush beats three-of-a-kind, etc.

We were ready.

I don’t know what type of poker we were playing.

It consisted of dealing five cards and having one chance to trade some in.

And then betting Smarties.

I should point out, here, that the ‘chips’ kept getting eaten.

Especially by our five-year-old.

Each hand was dealt.

Cards were traded.

Bets were placed.

Hands were judged.

Smarties were claimed.

Eaten.

And the next hand was dealt.

It was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

To make it just that much more fun, the makers of Smarties had come up with something unique.

Purple Smarties with a tiny pair of sunglasses printed on one side.

They weren’t worth more.

Or taste any different.

But they were unique.

And therefor valuable.

Throughout the afternoon, my kids learned such phrases as:

‘Your deal.’

‘Cut the cards.’

‘Full house: aces over threes.’

‘Read ‘em and weep!’

‘Who dealt this stuff?’

And the all-important, ‘Ahhhh! I’m out! I’ve got spit!’.

The latter of which was immortalized by said five-year-old when he walked in the door of his grandmother’s. “Hi, Gramma! We played poker and I had spit!”

Erm . . . yes . . . poker.

That greatest and most educational of all family games . . .

Views: 6

Tags: What's, family, favourite, game?, your

Comment

You need to be a member of She Writes to add comments!

Join She Writes

Latest Activity

Debra Borchert commented on the blog post '[The Art of Submission] It's Not You It's Me'
"I'm not sure if we can link out on this board so I won't paste the url, but I read an article in the Washington Post by an author, Monica Byrne, who wrote about rejections (8/8/14). She estimates her rejection rate at 97%. She put all…"
4 minutes ago
Deborah J. Brasket replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"What's it like to grow up in a haunted house? Find out. Happy Halloween! http://deborahbrasket.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/growing-up-in-a-haunted-house-2/"
8 minutes ago
Emily Lackey commented on the blog post '[The Art of Submission] It's Not You It's Me'
"I knew someone was going to call me out on that, Lloyd. I realize failure is not always closely followed by success, nor is it always followed by success, but it's still nice to hear these stories. I think it's important to know that…"
10 minutes ago
Debra Borchert commented on the blog post '[The Art of Submission] It's Not You It's Me'
"OK, I should have also mentioned that my memoir was rejected 84 times before I gave up. Silly me, I'm now pitching a novel, 12 rejections so far, but 2 requests for the manuscript. I wonder why I do this when I feel low and then I remember that…"
13 minutes ago

Members

Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Kamy Wicoff.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service