Week 4: Memoir Prompt --- Make a list of the games you played as a child, as a teenager, and as an adult. Board games, video games, card games, any kind of game at all. Which games have you played the longest? Are the games the same now as they were then? If there are newer editions/versions, have you played them?
Mom tells people that I learned how to count by playing cribbage. I don’t know the history of the game: how old it is or its history of origin. I do know that it has been a part of my life for my entire life.
The setup is as follows:
A board with two to four tracks ovalling around the rectangle. We keep score with pegs that race around, and the peg holes are grouped in sets of five.There is a skunk line that, if you don’t cross before your opponent goes out (reaches 12), he/she gets double the game points against you.
The game is scored, and each player has to decide which cards to keep and which to throw into the “crib”, which the dealer counts after the regular counting concludes. “15’s”, pairs, runs, double runs are all ways to score.
I remember playing elimination tournaments with my brothers on lazy weekends. One time my brother, Paul, beat me six games in a row. I don’t like to talk about that. Dad and I also used to play during his lunch breaks during the summer.
Several of my college friends play too. We even had organized tournaments. One of my best friends, Joe, would walk with me to the bar in town. We drank a little and played cribbage. And that was life and life was good.
I don’t know if what my mom said is true, but cribbage has been a part of my life for my entire life. All of my siblings and parents play. It’s become a rite of passage for any new member of my family. There are other games we play - I love games- but cribbage is one of those games that (you only need two to play) is easy for a nice bit of family competition.