Thursday, March 25, 2010

C'mon, Skip Bo!

Last November, our granddaughters introduced us to the card game Skip Bo.  It's sort of a card version of Rummikub, and my husband and I took a quick liking to it.  

We've played hundreds of games since then, and somewhere along the line we started chuckling about the life lessons you can learn from playing Skip Bo:

       What I've Learned from playing Skip Bo

  • Have patience     In Skip Bo, sometimes your opponent can have a turn that seems to go on forever.  All you can do is sit there and watch and wait until they've run out of moves.  But, eventually (well, unless they finish out the game), your turn will come.
             Real life application:   Patience is a virtue that can ease your life.
  • Look around carefully    In Skip Bo, make sure, before you put down you 'end of turn' card, that you've checked the entire playing field very carefully.  Missing an available move can cost you the game.  
             Real life application:   Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay cool, and have fun    Just about any game can become nastily competitive, and Skip Bo is no exception.   We've learned it's much more fun if we cheer each other on.  
             .Real life application:   Life is sweeter when you have a smile on your face.
  • Never give up      Sometimes, especially when your oppenent has one of those never-ending turns, you can't imagine any way you'll win the game.   But there have been countless times when one of us was sure they'd lost the game by a landslide, only to wind up winning in the end.
             Real life application:    Never, ever give up-  not on your dreams,  not on your aspirations, not on love.  No matter how hopeless the situation seems, don't give up hope.

Right now, in my life, I'm rooting for Skip Bo.    I saw the surgeon a couple of days ago, and now I'm scheduled for a biopsy.   My appointment isn't until the end of April, and then we'll have to wait for the results, so we've got lots and lots of waiting ahead of us.   Patience is certainly going to be an important virtue, but, if I wind up in a difficult scenario, then it's that last Skip Bo lesson- 'never give up' that we'll be turning to again and again.

So- C'mon, Skip Bo!   Don't let me down.

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