We used to play horse-shoes here. The heavy pieces of iron are still in the shed. The game would catch fire from time to time, and then dwindle away.
While at home in 2020, the Craig Kenney family taught me to play cornhole. I had a pair of old plywood shutters that are the size of a cornhole board…roughly. Craig’s family sent me a set of beanbags this Fall. When they arrived, I cut holes in my shutters, and we have been enjoying the game ever since.
Band practices and other meetings now begin with a quick game while we wait for the people who are late. During Christmas break, one relaxed morning the guys at my house agreed to play for serious consequences…losers wash the dishes. I won that game.
It is a joyful event each time a new player tries to hit the boards. Bean bags fly high across the yard or drop way short. Sometimes they head right into innocent bystanders. It always brings giggles and real fun.
Games are an important part of life. Haiti lacks games. In Haiti people play soccer, dominoes, and cards. Soccer is mostly for boys and men. Dominoes and cards are often associated with gambling or with work-capable people who waste their days playing games. So, there aren’t many choices for a family that wants to play together.
Here’s hoping more people in this country learn to love games.
Missionary in Haiti.