Mr. Mondoo and I have been reminiscing about our childhoods lately. I’m sure it has something to do with the baby girl on the way. Regardless of the reason, we’ve had some good times talking about back in our day and I thought that maybe readers of 141characters would enjoy the trip down memory lane as well. This first installment of this “Back in My Day” series is all about the games that I used to play when I was a little Mondoo. I’m sure many of you enjoyed these games as well; let me jog your memory:
Cootie was one of the very first games that I have a recollection of owning. And from reminding myself about this game on Wikipedia, it’s pretty clear why I remember it as one of my first games. It’s pretty much the dumbest game ever and only super little kids can get a thrill from playing it. You roll the dice and depending on the number, you choose the corresponding number of cootie pieces. The first to build their cootie, wins. Boring! But fun when I was in pre-school.
Ants in the Pants
Cootie actually had a series of games and the second one that I recall is Ants in the Pants. This one wasn’t as easy as Cootie, it couldn’t have been because I’m pretty sure I beat my Dad every time we played. Then again, he could’ve let me win. Dear Baby: I promise not to let you win at games just because you’re a little girl. Where is the fun (for Mommy) in that? Plus, someone has got to teach you how to cope coming in second place to Daddy all the time. He wins at everything because he’s big. Love, Mommy. P.S. I love your kicks but some of them are really hard. P.P.S. Can’t wait to meet you!
Don’t Break the Ice
The third game in the Cootie series was Don’t Break the Ice. Through investigating Don’t Break the Ice for a suitable image to share, I have discovered that the game has been tragically altered. One of my fondest memories of Don’t Break the Ice was that it relied heavily on the game owners to have tissues on hand. Maybe that’s why they changed it, apparently not everyone owns tissues? SHENANIGANS! If you can afford to buy a Milton Bradley game, you can certainly afford to buy tissues. (Editor’s Note: SHENANIGANS on my memory! Apparently the game I was thinking of was Thin Ice. Mondoo Fail. I’m sure that Thin Ice was some knock off version of Don’t Break the Ice. My parents totally rolled like that).
Don’t Spill the Beans
The final cog in the Cootie machine was a little game called Don’t Spill the Beans. Not familiar? Don’t Spill the Beans promoted the following: counting skills, the importance of being tidy, and a creepy bean man with seemingly eight fingers on one hand.
I’ll be honest, I owned this game (Santa got it for me one year) but I’ve never actually played it. No, the whole fun part of this game for me was constructing the elaborate set-up and then sending the little silver ball through the trap. I bet Santa was pissed that he wasted his money on that game that never got played.
Wow, did we play TV Tag ALL THE TIME and wow, upon looking back on it, TV Tag was REALLY lame. It must have been hell to be “it.” I mean, really, what kind of idiots must you have to play with to actually win. Honestly, everyone can think of a TV show title, even under pressure. Never played TV Tag? Well, WikiHow gives you a really good explanation on how easy (and stupid) it is.
If I had a dollar for every paper fortuneteller that I made as a kid, well, let’s just say, it wouldn’t matter that I’m unemployed now.
In my humble opinion, I saved the best childhood game for last: Mall Madness. My sisters and I didn’t actually own Mall Madness but our cousins did. And lucky for us, we had sleepovers with these particular cousins ALL THE TIME and forced them to play Mall Madness whether they wanted to or not. Mall Madness was so awesome for many different reasons: you got to spend money, you got to use a credit card, you got to shop, AND the game board TALKED TO YOU! Wasn’t technology magical back in the day?! As cool as the talking game board was with phrases like “There’s a sale at the chichen store” and “There’s a sale at the lens hop,” it was also completely intelligible (Yeah, there was no Chichen Store or Lens Shop. I believe the correct words were Kitchen Store and Mens Shop, nice try, Mall Madness). Production errors or not, this game rocked and apparently there’s an updated version out there today, Mrs. Zack Morris told me. I think that I’ll buy it for Baby Girl someday.
Stay tuned for Mondoo’s next edition where we’ll explore more fascinating memories from my childhood and yours… if you were as cool as me “Back in My Day.”