As I was pondering possible variations on the destination theme, I was becoming frustrated. Yes, I am on vacation in Seattle and will be returning home tomorrow. But I have been writing about this trip for days now. I wasn't in the mood for another travelogue.
In the way that things float up in one's mind just before falling asleep, something completely different popped into my head. It was the line from the Simon and Garfunkel song, Homeward Bound, "Got a ticket for my destination," which led to another song, "He's got a ticket to ride" (The Carpenters). And I found my inspiration. I bet that no one else found this theme.
Ticket to Ride happens to be a board game that my older boy (14) got for Christmas. Both my kids are inveterate gamers. The older one by disposition and the younger by interest and competitive spirit. After all what are older siblings for if not to compete with?
We played our third game this evening with my family. We range in ages from 9 to 67 (three generations) and we all enjoy the game (although the end-game today was a bit annoying for me and the other two losers). It may not be the most exciting way to spend New Year's eve but we are all happy.
I wish all my readers a Happy New Year. May the year to come bring us all peace, health and happiness.