Ever since I can remember, I have always been the “Present Elf” in our family. I even wear a special costume. It’s a title I plan to take to my grave. I and only I pass out the Christmas gifts. When a certain person (who shall remain nameless) tries to touch the gifts, tries to “help,” they are scolded. Not only by me, but by my parents as well. Every stinkin year.
So you can imagine how tense it can be at certain family gatherings. This year during our annual game of 31 it was as tense as it has ever been.
When I was a kid we use to play with 3 nickles. Years later, when my kids were old enough to count I taught them how to play with quarters. And over time the buy in became larger. Finally about 3 years ago we started playing with 1 dollar bills.
But this year my Mother decided to up the ante. If you wanted to play, the buy-in was (3) $5 gift cards, kids included. If they wanted to play, then they had to pay. It was Go BIG or Go HOME. Winner take all. The Prize: $135 in various gift cards.
After about an hour, the field was whittled down to only 2 players: Mr. Plaid Shirt and The Handsome Husband. The whole family surrounded the remaining two players. Mr. Plaid Shirt even tried desperately to use hand signals. It was a tense nail-biting 5 minutes. Seriously tense. With $135 in gift cards on the line I kept eye balling Mrs. Plaid Shirt (who was standing behind the Handsome Husband I’ll have you know) to make sure no cheating was involved.
The game went on and on and on, until finally a winner was declared!
$15 to Panera
$15 to Jamba Juice
$15 to Starbucks
$15 to Fat Burger
$15 to Target
$15 to Burger King
$15 to Mc Donalds
$15 to QFC
and $15 in Washington State Lottery Tickets.
Handsome Husband, YOU.ARE.MY.HERO!
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