New Thing #163: A Rousing Game of Go Fish

Go_FishI'm not going to pretend I have the perfect family. It's easy to say things like, "We shouldn't waste a minute of a nice day." But sometimes we do.

Sometimes when it's really sunny out, we sit around inside and watch TV.

I don't know if other families ever do that sort of thing - or if they go outside on sunny days and judge families like mine.

But this week - judge this! - my family set aside some time to do something really nice...and we're going to have to make an effort to do it again and again.

My middle daughter got a goody bag from a birthday party and opened it up to find inside a mini deck of 'Go Fish' cards.

My wife and I, along with our two oldest daughters, decided to play a few rounds.

It was the best time I've had in a long time.

First of all, the girls were impressed with how I shuffled the cards. (I'm not a great shuffler compared to my friends, but compared to a 6- and 4-year-old I'm like a casino dealer. And speaking of which, I'm the best dealer in the group, hands down. The kids are sloooooow.)

During the game, we began to goofily ask each other for certain cards. ("Pardon me, ma'am, but do you happen to have a sea turtle card?" The girls enjoyed yelling at me for being rude when I shot out a, "Give me your shark!")

And I brought down the house when I snuck in the instruction card to my pile  and asked my wife if she had an instruction card. (My joke was trumped when my middle daughter copied it later. And asked for the 'construction' card.)

Sorry if this is too cutesy for you. We're not usually a cutesy family.

But we might be soon...because it looks like we're going to have to start having a game night.

Or at the very least, a 'Go Fish' night.