(The living area at my parents cottage. I remember when dad was nailing the cedar wall planks up when I was little! It took until I was in university before we had proper closed in stairs- I have since learned that building stairs by hand can be tricky)
(My parents cottage built mostly by dad and his friends. The "scarecrow" was my parents' solution to stopping the geese from pooping on the lawn... lol And yes, dad made the adirondack chairs as well :) )
Every summer, after lobster fishing ended the last week of May, we began the process of moving up to "the camp" for the summer. I spent my summer years without tv (the satellite, like I said, came MUCH later), laptops, internet or any other technological device.
Instead, I grew up playing in the forest, climbing trees, capturing frogs and lightning bugs (fyi they don't actually survive the night in a jar as "nightlights"), swimming and playing kick the can and 'twice around the camp' with other camp kids.
(me a few years ago getting a marshmallow ready for s'mores. This was the firepit I grew up with, by my parents finally made a beautiful space with stones dad brought in himself)In the evenings we often had campfires, made s'mores and spider wieners and would all move inside to play cards. My first memories are playing "Janitor" (the parent friendly name for a**hole), Bid Whist, War, Crazy Eight, Uno, Skip-boo, Gin and regular Rummy, Hearts... the list goes on.
(My mom took this gorgeous photo a few years back- the lake in front of our cottage)
(We even spent a few winters there- homemade icecream, ice skating and sledding! This is a photo my mom took of her clothesline covered in snow during a weekend trip up to the camp in January)
- Teamwork and cooperation (if you play a partner game like Bid Whist)
- Losing is ok (it happens!)
- Winning is ok (also, this happens!)
- Addition (yay math!)
- Strategy (most card games are about strategy)
- How to be competitive without alienating friends
- That you can have fun with something as simple as a deck of cards
So instead of turning on the tv, laptop, Ipad or other piece of technology over these summer evenings, buy a deck of cards, a board game, a Cribbage board OR if you're feeling adventurous a Crokinole board!
(My dad fishing off the warf- that he has to rebuild every few years)