OMG, you guys. There's this game, and it's SO super fun… you draw pictures but it's like, you know, charades, and instead of acting the clues out, YOU DRAW THEM!
(When I told Dan I was going to blog about Pictionary, he said, "Yeah, that would've been great, in 1986.)
All poo-poo-ing aside, we had a family Pictionary night, at the suggestion of Cole, and seriously? I can't believe we don't play this game in EVERY WAKING HOUR.
But before I go further, you should that the Zielske's rarely hit home runs like this:
It took Aidan (who was my partner, girls vs. boys, as it were) all of 1 second to guess the obvious answer: peanut butter. It was like we were doing the Vulcan Mind Meld. THAT is how connected we felt on this one.
And it went downhill from there.
Need proof? Let me share some of our handiwork (and let's see how well YOU do on your guesses!)
I drew this:
Anything? No? Not yet. Take a look at what Cole drew for his partner and father, Dan:
I think this is a drawing that could only really be done, from both sides, from a family who started procreating in the 90s. And I think you know why, don't you?
Both Cole and I had the same idea starting out, then with time running out we resorted to something that most vegetable-hating kids in America have faced at one time or another in their lives: ranch dressing. Thank you.
That's when Cole uttered the catch phrase of the night: HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT? to Dan, who really never made the connection because he had to eat his veggies as a kid as part of any number of Lutheran mystery casseroles.
Next up, I drew this for Aidan:
Have you got it? Was it instant? I thought this was also a slam dunk, and it would have been for Cole, who was absolutely obsessed with the Astrodome after hurricane Katrina. Nevermind the fact that I put Houston on roughly the same patch of land as San Antonio. And when I realized Aidan wasn't going to get it, I went with the phonetic approach, but I guess you can't fault a 12 year old for not seeing the "ass" clue and going, "Ohhhh… ASS-trodome!"
Next up, another drawing from me to Aidan:
If only I'd had more time on this one. Cole and Dan went in a totally different direction, and Aidan was left shouting, "CAT? DEAD CAT?" Okay, so maybe I don't really know how to draw Batman. I'll be honest, she was never going to guess Robin, even if I'd had a police sketch artist to assist me. Sometimes though, in Pictionary, you start with a bad idea and you say, "Ah, to hell with it… I'm too INVESTED now."
But somehow, the cat thing stuck in Aidan's head, when she drew this for me.
I actually ended up guessing correctlly, after guessing "Flying Cat" and "Dragon Eater". It was Den, but honestly, how many cats do you know that hibernate?
The next one I thought for SURE Aidan would get, because she took wood working classes when she was 11. I thought wrong.
She was too stuck on the exploding flower/hand, and never made the connection. Um, hello? It's whittle? Duh. HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT?
Next up, Aidan drew this for me.
She started with the building, pointing furiously to the windows. I'm thinking, "office?" "work place?" Then she draws the people who I find out later are laying on a bed (because EVERYONE knows people sleep on beds in motels), and when time runs out she says, "MOM! It was motel!" And I'm all, "Then why'd you draw an office building?" And she says, "Since when do people sleep together in an office building?"
We haven't had that talk yet. Next.
I drew this for Aidan:
Other than the logical guess of "animal pizza," time ran out, and I was embarrassed to say I really only knew a few signs of the zodiac. And apparently, one of them has ears like Piglet.
But even though Aidan and I closed the night with a narrow defeat, we did end on a high note, getting this next one in a matter of seconds.
Aidan guessed, "Double chin?" And I knew… Vulcan Mind Meld back on!
But I think it really addresses a larger issue here that Dan has never really understood what the words "weight issue" really mean. His drawing for Cole would've been great, if the clue was "Beavis & Butthead":
I don't mean to come off as trying to be overly wholesome here, but playing games with your family is awesome.
It's also a good explanation of why I work in print design, using a computer, and not a pen.