Tuesday, April 10, 2012

favorite things - dominos

I think everybody has games that were staples in their childhood.  Games the adults played with the kids, and the kids were capable of pulling off an upset.  For my family, one of those games was dominos.  Specifically, Mexican Train. Every summer we would have a family reunion at my Grandfather's lake house on the mountain, (really the perfect place for these events) and the kids would play dominos with Uncle D.  We were convinced that the D stood for dominos.

my sister took this picture this weekend

This past weekend we celebrated my grandfather's 85th birthday with a family reunion. There were about 35 people at the reunion, and it was complete with traditional family and neighbor family.  I think it really made my Grandfather's day, and I loved getting together with my cousins in particular. 

We broke out the dominos, and I think everybody loved it.  Uncle D, himself 94, played with all the kids, a few of the adults, and I think it was one of the highlights of the event.  My Aunt made the comment "there is something about that sound" of shuffling domino tiles, and she is absolutely right.

I have a feeling there is a domino set in my future.


  1. I played dominos as a child, too. Love the game! One of my uncles loved the game so much that when he died, his family placed the double-five in his hands in the casket! Now I play with my mother-in-law (91 years old) every day at the Nursing Home where she lives.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. oh how fun. Honestly, I have never played dominos! i mean, we've had several small sets, but i've never learned the rules. I should look it up. I can imagine the sound of the tiles shuffling around. My aunts used to play mah jong and I bet it's the same sort of sound that just reminds you of family and a good time.

  3. Mexican Train dominoes is one of our favorite games to play! Love it! And my grandpa was really into dominoes, too.

  4. This is a great story!! and I love Mexican Train


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