My mom loved playing games, especially with her children. She helped me learned to recognize my numbers and then to count using decks of cards. She taught me to add playing Casino. She helped me improve my spelling, vocabulary and even arithmetic through Scrabble. It was always fun playing with her. Winning wasn't the ultimate goal, learning was.
A friend just introduced me to Words With Friends, an Internet game, similar to Scrabble but different enough to avoid copyright infringement. Remembering the days with my mom, I thought it would be fun, but it's not nearly as enjoyable as I anticipated. My friend (I should say friends because I have several games going) play cut throat. No one, including me, leaves an opening for anyone else. I find myself passing turns rather than leave a possible opening.
I guess competition is not for me. I want to go back to playing games, learning some new words and just having fun. I never knew that ae was a word and frankly, I don't care. It is one I will never use.