John Rung, President and CEO
Now and then, someone suggests a Family Game Night. Apparently stricken with a form of amnesia that blocks memories of previous game nights, the entire family responds enthusiastically.
The first phase of Family Game Night is the “Choosing of the Game.” A family of five can never agree on anything, and I have yet to see a unanimous verdict.
Once a contest is selected, gameplay begins. That quickly leads to the next phase of the evening, “The Accusation.” We have a cheater, and that person must be (loudly) called out.
Moving past the scandal, we proceed to “The Commencement of Pouting.” Someone is losing, and they are not happy about it.
The penultimate stage, “The Loss of Interest,” involves a participant wandering into other activities well before the game at hand has reached its conclusion.
The final phase of Family Game Night is “The Storm Off.” As Hawk Harrelson used to say, “He Gone.” Sometimes it’s “She Gone,” but you get the picture.
There is a psychological phenomenon known as the “Beautiful Mess Effect.” It suggests people are attracted to flaws, not perfections. I have a funny feeling that, despite the chaos, we’ll look back on our Uno and Monopoly games with fondness. In fact, making tonight a Family Game Night sounds like a great idea.