My mother did crossword puzzles for as long as I can remember. She had special dictionaries to help her find the right word for the right spot...12down an eight legged web spinner 8 letters fourth letter is c. I know you were thinking spiders but it doesn't call for a plural s, and there's that wicked c in there to muddy the water. So what could it be? Think about it, it will come to you by the end of this I'm sure. We learned to like the solving of the word mysteries and so became addicted to them. By the time I was in my forties, they had become a chore to be done with the morning coffee . I was often on the phone with Mama trying to see if she had the answer to one that had escaped my brain. I couldn't leave the paper's offering until every word had been placed. It haunted me.
Scrabble is another of my favorite games. When Mac and I were first married and with his Navy career we were often on the move, I carried my scrabble board in a large hand bag. I have been known to play me, myself and I. When we were moving into a new neighborhood, the first thing I wanted to know about the neighbors was who played Scrabble. I had my kids addicted to it by the time they were in third and fourth grade. My granddaughter has played since the second grade. We're wordaholics. And then someone introduced me to Facebook. It was a disaster waiting to happen. That same someone challenged me to a game of Word With Friends. I didn't know what it was exactly, but I went to check it out and accepted the challenge. The first game went quickly and so we played another and then my Sister(in law) challenged me and we played and I was still playing with the first of my friend's then my nephew and then my niece and then my cousin and then another cousin and then two more friends. Well, by the end of the first month I had 27 games going simultaneously. I wasn't sleeping because I had to keep up with the games between housework and gardening and some of my friends got testy if I left making a play to long. I began to long for the days of crossword puzzles and scrabble. I did the only thing I could do in the circumstances. I stopped. Cold turkey. I resigned every game and quit.
So now I play Gardens of Time, Hidden Chronicles and Blackwood and Bell. But it isn't a problem. I have lots of neighbors to help me get my little kingdoms completed. I can quit whenever I want. But just this morning I noticed that Cat Clark has challenged me to a game of Word With Friends and I feel that one game would clear my head and make me a better person. I'll just keep it to one or two friends...maybe three. But definitely no more than five games at once. I'll have to be careful though, these games have a way of luring you in and like the arachnid will wrap you in webs of games with promises of wealth and fame...and next thing you know you're in Farmville slopping the hogs that your neighbor gifted you with. And they never gift you with fences, you know. Did you notice I slipped the answer to the crossword question in there? Maybe I'll just go dig my crossword book out of the closet. I wonder where I put my crossword dictionary.