I watched him shut his eyes and the memories of lying on our tummies on the family room floor playing "no mercy" Scrabble came flooding back. He made me promise to try to win even though he was a tween and I was in college. For a few years, I could win; but as the advantage of age disappeared, he would consistently whoop everyone! He certainly had no mercy for anyone, even his big sister. In time, I became the only person willing to play against a man who played Scrabble relentlessly against the computer!
Until that last night, I had not been in a position to win for decades. Yet as the tiles dwindled and my own victory was possible, I did not keep that promise. I'm not sure if he knew that I had "given him the game," but neither of us said a word about it. He slowly headed off to bed and I headed home, wondering, but not sure this was our last game.
I'm sure he has been honing his skills since that last match with me; someday, we'll have a rematch or two or three and I will keep my promise.
Leah Jaques wrote a post on the Two Writing Teachers Challenge about playing board games that stirred all kinds of memories and changed my planned post for today! She's MY mentor text for today.