Last weekend, Sam wanted to play Monopoly Deal but between the laundry, the cooking, the dish washing and the grocery shopping, there was no time for even a single game. I said we could play this weekend instead and I promised that all the meals would be pre-prepared so that they will only require finishing and assembly. That way, we’d have enough time to play cards. And that was exactly what I did. As early as Friday, I was simmering meat, making broth and planning the vegetarian version of every omnivorous dish in the menu.
Then, a surprise. When the girls arrived for the weekend, Alex announced the she had bought a new set of Uno card game. That really brought back memories because when they were in grade school, we had an Uno Harry Potter card game and we spent a lot of nights and weekends playing. Boisterous and hilarious games with a lot of heckling. We lost the cards when we moved houses. And, now, here was Alex saying she bought a new set.
“Guess what kind?” she asked.
“Harry Potter,” I immediately replied.
No, she said, that was a limited edition set. I couldn’t make a correct guess and she finally blurted out that she bought a Disney Princess Uno card set. It was a choice between that and Pooh, and she picked Disney Princess. I was surprised. She was a Pooh girl from the time she was a toddler all through high school. She slept with her arms wrapped around her talking Pooh stuffed toy until… Oh, I don’t know. Perhaps, until the time she went off to college.
Uno card games can be played by children as young as seven years old. My daughters were a little older when we had the old Harry Potter edition. They’re in their early 20s now, too old for Uno card games you might say, but I have to disagree. Playing Uno (and Scrabble and Monopoly) is our version of all those “throwback” memes on the internet. It’s how we look back fondly on all the fun we had in the past and relive the fun by doing what we did back then.
A children’s game notwithstanding, we had a blast playing the Uno Disney Princess card game last night. We started at around 10.30 p.m. (with The Matrix playing in the background) and, by 3.00 a.m. (with Fantasia playing in the background), there was still no winner. Alex was whining that she was already sleepy but Speedy objected that she couldn’t complain because she bought the cards after all. We realized we were famished and Sam made French toast for everyone — topped with dulce de leche. We really were sleepy after the the French toast so we agreed to resume playing when everyone has had eight hours of sleep. We’re still waiting for Sam to get up as I write this and, after she has eaten properly, we can start playing again.