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Ian's Game Part two

He said he called it Ian’s game and that the rules were pretty easy,
It wouldn’t take too long to learn not unlike the game Parcheesi.

You could roll the dice or spin the wheel and move around the board,
You could build a house if you wanted to and here’s where they are stored.

“How much money do you start off with?” I asked him with fake greed,
“You can have however much you’d like, how much do you need?

You can move your piece in any direction in order to land on the spaces,
I’ve made lots of fun things to do when you land on one of these bases.

We do rock, paper, scissors to see which one of us should start,
Then roll the dice or spin the wheel so your marker can depart.”

But I had a couple of questions for Ian before the game could begin,
“What was the point of playing it? How was it we could win?”

“Dad, the game is just for playing it and you win it when you play,
We’re playing it altogether and that is the point of it I’d say.

Spending the night playing a game is the best thing as far as I can see,
And we all win whenever it is that we come together as a family.

There are no losers at this game as long as we’re all having fun,”
Finally I got his point and I couldn’t have been prouder of my son.

So we played a game that had no losers or even an end in sight,
Just roll or spin and move your man and laugh throughout the night.

We had a great time playing Ian’s game and making up more rules,
Making sure that we all had fun and none were played for fools.

Competition has its place in life but it shouldn’t have a monopoly,
Sometimes you should just have fun when you’re with your family.

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  1. Date: 5/1/2012 4:58:00 PM

    Wonderful to have fun and bond with family Tony. This is a forever poem ,your son will always remember. Kudos to you!!! Anne

  1. Date: 1/31/2012 4:31:00 AM

    Lovely one Tony, we always played board games especially when Dad came home on leave form the sea it was a great way to catch up again.x

  1. Date: 1/29/2012 4:06:00 PM

    Tony Tony where have you gone? On holiday I hope! I so miss the fun of your great Poetry! Hugs Lizzie

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 10:05:00 PM

    I LOVED this, Tony! I can't wait to have these kind of nights with my girl. Dang. I said can't wait. I have always told myself I will never say that. There is already much to enjoy, despite the lack of sleep and the piles of laundry :-) Hey, how are you??? You get tackled by that bug or are you on hiatus? Will check your blog next. Cheers! Cyndi

  1. Date: 1/17/2012 5:23:00 AM

    Tony you tell this so well as you do every piece you write and I love the lesson your son Ian has taught us, it must make you feel so proud, this father and son combination certainly makes for a better world!

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 5:01:00 AM

    A treasured memory, thank you for including us. Really enjoyed.

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 7:12:00 AM

    You have a very bright son, sounds like you all had a blast, love and light, vie

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 6:11:00 AM

    ohhhhh this is such a wonderful story !! We played board games as a family too when I was a kid. This brought back fond memories...along with remembering which siblings were poor loosers lol. I like the made up game...it's the family time that was important...a good moral to learn. Enjoyed both parts....well done !!

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 5:10:00 AM

    Tony love both parts, reminds me when our three were young and spent lots of time with board games, Monopoly taught them a lot about money, good fun and a good read..David