Tuesday, May 11, 2010


When we moved to Georgia, my mother began bringing various items, from the house where I grew up, every time she visited. These items were leftovers of my childhood, priceless mementos with sentimental value (aka junk my mother wanted to get rid of so she could clean out my old closets and put some space to better use.). These items have found a treasured place in our house (ok, in the unfinished basement). Now, my wife dreams of being able to get rid of these items, too. However, occasionally, these items surface and make their way upstairs. Such was the case this weekend.

It wasn’t intentional.

My eight-year old son is a big fan of the Revolutionary War history. He’ll watch any movie with George Washington in it. Recently, he asked me several times to watch The Crossing, a wonderful movie about the crossing of the Delaware. I spent a lot of time with him explaining the various personalities, particularly one of my Revolutionary War heroes, John Glover.

So, while we were playing ping pong in the basement, my son noticed a board game with what appeared to be Revolutionary War pictures on it. The game is called Skirmish, a two-player game where you get to fight the Revolutionary War. This game made its way out of the basement, where I familiarized myself with directions I’d long forgotten. We counted the pieces. (I was only missing three, which was amazing and something that could be dealt with.)

And then we played.

I took the side of the British forces while my son got to be the Americans. In a take-no-prisoners approach (it’s hard to remember how to lose when you’ve forgotten how to play), the British quashed the American rebellion on Sunday.

My son was not to be outdone. He called me as I was driving home from work on Monday. “Dad, I’ve got the game set up. This time, you’re going down.”

And he was right. This time, the dice and cards fell my younger son’s way and Washington persevered, striking down the British forces. My son was so happy, he danced around the house.

I’m sure we’ll play again soon. In the meantime, it’s nice that my son enjoys the game. History should be fun. It’s great when it is.


Jody Hedlund said...

Sounds like a great game, Walt. My son loves history games too. He has Axis and Allies and several other war games. You're so right--it's a fun way to learn history!

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's so great! I love games that are fun and you can learn, too!

Walt M said...

The fun thing is that when you have games like this, a kid doesn't realize he's (she's) learning.