Sixty-Something 1, Ninety-Something 0

Last week, I told you about my Scrabble experience with Ruth who is more than one and a half times my age. I had been looking forward to the game…and it ended up being far more enjoyable – and far more competitive than I had anticipated!

Ruth is just a few months shy of celebrating her first ‘triple digit’ birthday. Not many that age still play Scrabble…never mind giving their opponent a run for their money!

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To determine who plays first, each player randomly selects a Scrabble tile and the lowest letter plays the first word. In Scrabble, going first has an advantage because the first word gets double the score. I lucked out as I selected my first seven tiles – I was able to play them all in my first turn, meaning I got double the score…plus a fifty-point bonus for using all my letters. As far as I can remember, I think this was a first for me and poor Ruth, before she even had a chance to play, was trailing by over seventy points!

Not to be daunted, she scratched and clawed her way back into the game. It was a valiant effort because she was constantly selecting bad combinations of letters. For a while, the only letters she drew from the letter pouch were vowels…and then for a while, only consonants. But despite this bad luck, her brilliant use of the letters narrowed the gap between our scores. Had this been a tournament match, I would have been getting nervous!

But then, a little more fortune fell my way! Just as things were getting uncomfortably close, a nurse came into the room to draw some blood. And Ruth was never the same after that. Or, at least, that was her story and she was sticking to it! She still played well, but not well enough to finally overcome the deficit that my first word had created.

The final score was fairly close, although I don’t remember what it was. This I do remember, though – it was one of the most enjoyable games of Scrabble I had ever had. So enjoyable, in fact, that we plan to have round two in the very near future.

And, after all, isn’t enjoyment what games should be all about anyway?

Well, this is my final Inklings column of 2019 and I want to say ‘thank you’ for reading my articles each week. As much as I enjoy writing these columns, I find even more enjoyment knowing that others besides my wife and I read them! Thank you, also, to the New Era staff, for giving me this weekly opportunity to write – I really appreciate it!

I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas…and the happiest of New Years for 2020!

Please join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 at Pierson Bible Chapel. But not on December 29th, as we are not having a service that Sunday!  

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