Whether it is cards, sports or board games, playing is vital for health and happiness.
During a power cut, while dining with my family, I was delightfully reminded of those occasions in my youth when we would be devoid of electricity at home. A recognised consequence of living in the great, British countryside. This enforced televisual void would result in us, my parents and older sibling, gathering around a table, illuminated with candlelight, playing games. More often than not, cards. Despite an initial resistance by me and my brother, most likely because the idea of interacting socially with parents was just too uncool, we would all very quickly be joyously engaged in the multitude of activities capable with 52 pieces of rectangular card. Games handed down from generation to generation, firing the winning instinct and encouraging healthy competition, with laughs a plenty. (more…)