Today was a reunion of sorts. My wife’s family got together because a nephew was baptized. And though it was a sacred occasion that brought us together, it was a lot more that kept the party going.
When the Rasmussen’s get together, it is an all day event… sometimes a weekend-long event. In this case, it is both. Some of us could only hang around for the day, others will stick it out for four days. The rest are somewhere in between.
While we are all gathered there is definitely a lot of food being eaten. There are stories being told. Music and dancing. Lots of activity. But the fun really starts when the games come out.
Some members of the family are more competitive than the others. This can be dangerous, but can also be the highlight of all reasons to laugh. When the games get started, the noise increases. But that isn’t a problem, except when we are playing boggle and need to concentrate on forming words.
Today’s game was called Wits and Wagers. I didn’t play but enjoyed watching and listening as poker-style wagering was taking place over simple trivia facts. By the way, did you know that the original PacMan game had 244 dots on the screen that the Pacster would eat (including the power-up dots). Do you know how many voted were cast for the finale of American Idol the year that Jordyn Sparks won? These are the types of trivia questions that they were betting on.
The best part of the day though is seeing the family gathered together, some people having to travel almost 8 hours by car, and everyone enjoying their time together. Why is it so enjoyable?
I believe that family is the central unit to society. The more emphasis a society places on family, the better off that society is. You have friends, but they move on. Family is there for you all the time. And when they can have fun playing games, it is even better.
So my post today is not one of humor, or religious views, or political views, or parenting views, etc. Actually, it is all of that. As a society, we need to focus on the family. We need to have more fun times, more serious times, more loving times. We need to enjoy ourselves with those we belong to.
So let the games begin. And while you’re at it, fire up the grill.
Just another view from a palmtree.