“Daaaaad! Did you pack Scrabble?” my daughter screams down to be from the top of the stairwell. Ever since our Park City, Utah vacation to Sunrise Lodge, she always makes sure I pack our well-loved Scrabble board.
She was only five when we played for the first time cozied up by the fireplace; our whole family in cheesy winter jammies. I remember when I bought the game thinking it would be fun to practice learning letters, and spelling simple, three-letter words. “What’s the biggest word I can make, Daddy?” she would ask so sweetly. “What can I spell with two X’s and a Z?” like it was an easy feat. She loved keeping track of her points too. I could already see her competitive nature building inside her kindergarten mind.
“It’s already in the car!” I shouted back up to her. Now, of course, she consistently kicks my butt at Scrabble. I used to let her win, but now she manages all on her own, even teaching me a new trick or two in tile vocabulary.
It’s no secret, playing Scrabble with her is my favorite moment during our vacation.
No matter where we travel to next, I will never forget to pack our cherished game. Why? Because there are only seven more summers before college.
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