Aug 31, 2010

It's possible I should feel insulted

Every night at supper after we finish talking about the boys' day at school, we pull two cards from our TableTopics - Family Edition.

It's not that we don't have anything to talk about with the kids ... it's just that it's so much fun to have really interesting questions to ask them, things that you might think are "above their heads," but that they actually come up with fascinating answers for. (I know that should be, "things for which they actually come up with fascinating answers," but I'm ignoring it ... more for your sakes than mine. You're welcome, Mel.) The boys enjoy it so much that we have to set a limit of two cards per night, or they'd want to do the whole box at once!

The cards aren't really the point of this post, but I have to say that it's a great thing to do with your family, and we've enjoyed both versions of Table Topics that we have. (We also have the red ones, which are the Original set.) There's a Couples version, a Girls' Night Out version, College, Book Club, Teen ... you get the gist. They make a great hostess gift and -- for teens or college students -- wonderful birthday or graduation gifts. Just a thought!

Anyway, last night at supper we pulled a card that said, "What event in the past or future would you like to experience in person?"

Nathaniel: "Take a rocketship to Mars." [And then he proceeded to give us a detailed five-minute explanation of how the engineers would build the rocketship and how it would get to Mars and how space exploration would continue from there.]

Nicholas: "Win a professional baseball game." [When pressed, he said he meant like a World Series game. Fall Ball starts this weekend, so he's got baseball on the brain.]

Jake: "Rockaship tuh Mahs."

Grayson: "Go back and see what they really used the pyramids for, because they definitely didn't use them for storing dead bodies." [I've said it before and I'll say it again: Back off, ladies, he's mine.]

Me: "Hear Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech."

Grayson: [dumbfounded but joking] "Did you sneak a peek at the card before supper and think about that answer, or did you come up with that on your own just now?"

Me: "That is OFFENSIVE. What? I can't come up with a good answer on my own?"

I'd ACTUALLY be offended, but you know, I can't really blame him. After all, I'm not smart enough to enjoy listening to NPR.


The Smittys said...

ha! i actually listened to NPR because i wanted to have adult "conversation" and remember that i used to be an intellectual. :) love your blog!

Sewconsult said...

Great idea for dinner conversation. We used the evening news as the jumping off point for conversations. And yes, even my daughters love NPR. Our local station has dropped all the daytime classical music, which has been a dagger to my soul. Found a secondary one online and have that playing when I am at the computer. Even found the Pops station on the TV, so I can listen to that when away from the computer. Nothing better than hearing the Boston Pops blaring through out the house!

Sarah T. said...

NPR sucks.

Mommy Kerin said...

I really love the idea of the cards! I'd never heard of them before. My Shawn is a man. I mean a real stereotypical man. Topic starters would be a Godsend for us! I will have to see if I can find some.

I love the answers everyone had. I actually wrote a report on that same speech in 5th grade and my teacher gave me an F because she said I must have got it out of a book. Us women do not get credit for anything I swear! ;)

paige said...

Yeah, I might have called you out on that one, too. However, with you it's borderline either way, so you might get a pass.

BTW...I want those cards now. Thank goodness for Amazon.

Anonymous said...

I love your answer! I think this sounds like a great idea for a family over dinner. Heck, even for just a couple.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Muffy, perhaps that's part of my problem. Adult conversation bores me. ;) Ha!

Beckie, we would use the evening news, but it's so darn depressing all the time. TableTopics work better for us right now.

SET, Right on, man, right on.

Kerin, I hope you can find them! They are wonderful for couples, ice breakers at events, etc. We love them!

Paigie, YES, you and Bear simply MUST own some TableTopics sets. Multiple sets.

Borrowed, I'm glad you liked the idea (and my answer)!

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