|My nephew Christian plays it cool while Mom shuffles the cards|
My Dad and Merlene would invite people over for dinner and then cruelly force them to play UNO before they could have dessert. Amazingly, people seemed to enjoy this.
Dad would also give away their decks of UNO cards to people who loved playing it. Home leave back in the States always involved shopping expeditions to restock their supply of UNO cards..
They were UNO ambassadors of goodwill!
|An UNO Deck|
Now fast forward about 20 or 30 years and you have my brother's family - yes, my brother, his wife and all five of the children - playing UNO on Saturday or Sunday nights as a family. Anyone who happens to be visiting gets added into the mix.
|Jay, looking like the Godfather|
These games are usually accompanied by cookie baking. Chocolate Chip cookie baking. Sometimes other flavors.
Root Beer guzzling has also been known to take place.
|My nephew Nils|
There's a rumor that he cheats at cards.
He protests his innocence and thinks its funny.
Things are a bit different these days. The two oldest children are married and living far away. The next oldest child is serving as a missionary in Texas. But the UNO nights continue!
Evidently this past weekend was hat night. Everyone wore a fedora. According to my nephew Christian they were cool beyond belief.
I even heard that they were too cool to sing, for once.
|Kirsti, looking beautiful, as ever - in spite of her goofy child|