Sunday, January 1, 2012

A game of "Taboo"

This holiday season, Taboo became the pastime of choice for my large, loud, and competitive family, rounds of the game becoming increasingly raucous as wine bottles were drained and excitement heightened. 

Count off into two teams. As one player draws each card, he or she must give team members clues to guess the term on the card without saying the buzz words, ideally getting through as many as possible before the timer runs out. Always a lively experience, and all the better when you have inside information - "Grandpa always wears these, um, they're rainbow..." "suspenders!" Of course, this can also be risky, depending on circumstances, eg "Matt makes us..." "late!" "crazy!" "annoyed!" etc, until Matt himself answers correctly with "laugh!"

At one point during our lively New Year's Eve game, one of my step-sisters gave the clue "A lot of Kate's friends are this..." Immediately, my brother and step-brother rattled off possibilities. "African!" "Indian!" "Black!" "European!" "Non-American!" "Hispanic!" "Middle Eastern!" "Muslim!" The last of which receiving a nod of encouragement from the clue giver, they finally alighted upon the correct answer, Arab. 

Of course I have plenty of American friends as well (of varied ethnicities and religious beliefs), but I'm entertained by what seemed the obvious defining feature to my family - not character traits, but nationality. Diversity, really, and of the sort that isn't often seen in our small, agricultural hometown. 

I couldn't help but smile. Indeed, my friends have somehow tended to come from many corners of the world, and I have had the honor and pleasure of getting to know them and their stories in the process. I'll gladly agree to all of their guesses - just as, when a Ghanaian man once asked me mid-hike if I could love a black man, my natural response was to give him a slightly confused (/distraught) look and reply with what seemed the obvious answer of "sure, why not."

And with that, happy New Year! May it be a colorful one of learning and listening, adventures and misadventures, friends and loved ones - new and "old" alike.

1 comment:

  1. I love that game! My family has banned my brother and I from being on a team because we have "that weird sibling thing" going on, apparently. I also admire your ability to turn a game of Taboo into a story. Happy New Year to you, as well!

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