Lets Play a Game with Aunt Susan

by : rhusain

Planning a party for a kid can sometimes be a big headache if you are not up to the task. In this article you will find how Aunt Susan turns this big headache into a big joy and fun for all the party kids. Are you ready to play a game with her?

Back in the living room, after the feast, when we oldsters normally became drowsy and the youngsters fussy or boisterous as their temperaments dictated, Aunt Susan roused us all with a suggestion. She reminded us that as Puritans we still had our houses to build. These forebears of ours were self-sufficient as far as building materials were concerned. They were thrifty too. If one man had more of a commodity than he could use he would trade it for something he lacked. She then gave each of us an envelope of paper money, which was cut from cardboard. Instantly we became merchants, and dealers in house building materials.

Aunt Susan was the storekeeper. On hand she had a supply of cardboard logs some twelve inches long, others six inches and still others three inches long. Also a supply of windows and doors cut from cardboard. Each one was given five cardboard logs to start with. The paper cash each had was insufficient to buy a complete house, so it was necessary to barter.

Each of us attempted to build on a flat table or floor the front of a cabin having one window and door. At a given signal the bartering began. It was exciting. Finally Grandpa announced, "My house is done." He received a small saw for his prize. Next we played "Mayflower." The group was divided into two teams each headed by a captain and formed into two lines. Aunt Susan gave each captain a basket filled with odds and ends clothespins, pencils, feathers, flat-irons, pillows, nail-files, nails, and matches. The two baskets and contents were exactly the same. The object of the game was to pass all these articles down the line to Plymouth rock and then back again to the Mayflower. The team completing the job first made the losers pays the consequences with an original stunt. After this excitement we were glad to be seated and play "Dinner." Each person had to name an article of food beginning with a letter found in the word "dinner." The first was "duck," the second "ice cream," etc. The word "dinner" could be used as many times around as desired. Of course, the longer we played the harder the game became because we couldn't repeat any of the foods. When someone failed to think of an article of food he dropped out of the game. Gradually all but Tom was eliminated and he was pronounced winner.

Then someone suggested another dinner game called "Going out to Dinner." John Jessup and Mary White both knew this game so they started it off. Mary said, "I'm going out to dinner and bring back More Watermelons. What are you bringing back, John?" John said, "I'm going out to dinner and bring back Just Jugs." Then John called on someone else who failed to bring back the right thing. This was continued until the crowd caught on that the articles brought back began with the initials of the first and last names of the person talking.

Aunt Susan's party wound up with a song fest some old songs for the oldsters and some new songs for the youngsters. All the family felt at the end of the day that this was one family gathering that had been thoroughly enjoyable for all concerned. Aunt Susan had certainly set the pattern for our future family gatherings.