I’ve been a little quiet lately, mostly because I wasn’t ready to share this yet, but I recently lost my grandfather. He was 90 years old and lived a full, rich life and was beloved by all who knew him, and while I know I should be thankful for all the time I had with him, I still miss him. He was an amazing source of positivity and love and the world is lesser without him in it.
One thing my grandfather always loved was board games. Every time my family visited, we expected to play Sequence, RummyQ, Parcheesi, Yahtze or any number of card games and I think the best part of the healing process for me was playing a board game with my brother and sister–a fantasy board game, of course.
If you haven’t played Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, I highly recommend it! It’s a cooperative deck-building game and it is as fun as it is complex. You play as one of four characters (Harry, Hermione, Ron or Neville) and build a deck to beat a variety of villains as you progress throughout the school years–so the game is different based on what school year you’re in. Now, my siblings and I grew up with our share of squabbles–especially when playing board games (I KNOW you hid that Park Place card that one time–you know who you are!) but what makes the Harry Potter game so great is the cooperative play. Everyone is supportive and helpful and when you win, you all win together. Not only did we enjoy playing together, but several of our family members were engaged in watching us play and were excited with us when we won. It was a great game and a fitting tribute to my grandfather, who always encouraged team work and good sportsmanship.
Thank you for everything, Grandpa!