Monday, March 8, 2010

On the way, Pollyanna and jewelry swap

- In middle Georgia, the Bradford Pear trees have buds on them. A sure sign of an explosion of blossoms on the way...

- Asking my mother if she would like to play a board game, she says she would and for me to choose. I pick Pollyanna, "The Glad Game" - a form of Parcheesi. It is a race/pursuit game that my grandmother loved to play and passed down to her children. It is fun to get out the old familiar box that is so falling apart that I must tape up the corners of the box once again.

- At a party, friend Missy admires my earrings and says how well they would go with the necklace she is wearing. I say that I have been admiring her earrings, as well, so we spontaneously swap earrings and then go to look at ourselves in a mirror. My earrings were bought on sale for about $10 - hers are silver ones she got when she was living in Colorado. Each of us thinks we got the better deal. :)


TALON said...

How lovely that soon the blossoms will be out! It's wonderful so see signs of spring.

I've never heard of Pollyanna. So - who won? :)

That's neat about the spontaneous swap!

LL Cool Joe said...

Great idea with the jewelery! Have you got any iced out bling we can swop? :D

I really can't get into board games of any kind. Maybe because as a child my brother always won!

Lynn said...

Talon -

Especially poignant for me - dad was so looking forward to those trees blooming. I linked to the post in which he spoke about it.

Pollyanna, the game, isn't made anymore. I looked it up on ebay and there is one identical to mom's going for $51 right now. Do you remember the story of Pollyanna? She made up a "glad game." From Wikipedia "Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers on what she calls "The Glad Game", an optimistic attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation. It originated in an incident one Christmas when Pollyanna, who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel, found only a pair of crutches inside. Making the game up on the spot, Pollyanna's father taught her to look at the good side of things—in this case, to be glad about the crutches because "we don't need 'em!"."

The earring swap - sure was a glad moment. :)

Lynn said...

Joe -

You know - I just might! But I am certain your bling is blingier than mine. :)

Lynn said...

Oh - and the board game Pollyanna? The Glad Game? What that has to do with the story I mentioned above - I can't say - it is just a form of Parcheesi. I guess someone thought it was a good name for it back in the day...

Meredith said...

I love the story of that earring swap. :) How wonderful for both of you, and how cool that you could seize the opportunity of the moment and spontaneously do that!

As for Pollyanna, I admit that I love her story and could have watched the movie a hundred times as a child. I wasn't expecting Parcheesi, but for someone to have told you your viewpoint on life is very Pollyanna. Mine, too, sometimes, and I consider it a compliment -- although many consider it an insult, as tho one is not grounded enough if one looks too often on the positive side.

Playing the glad game: glad to have read this awesome post today. :)

Lynn said...

Meredith -

I am so glad that you liked it. Thinking of things to be glad about is right up my alley!

Maude Lynn said...

My little sister and I do spontaneous purse swaps. I don't know if I could talk her into jewelry; she wears nicer stuff than I do!

Jannie Funster said...

Ahhh, so sweet on the earring swap. What a wonderful idea!!

The Bradfords will soon be big snowball fluffs here too. Some things are already blossoming, but I know not their names. Some yellows, and pinks.

Our board game boxes all need corner tape too, and they are maybe only a couple years old.


Blue Bunny said...

lyn! lyn!!! yoo sees my new look??? snaggelteeth gave me the andee awrhall award and a maek-over!!

am i cute?????


Blue Bunny said...

wops, i meened warhall!!


Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

I scored big with these earrings. I love them. The ones she got came from Chico's - big brushed "silver" dangly discs.

Jannie -

What kind of board games do y'all play? We also like "Sorry", and the dominoes game "Chicken Foot."

I'll bet it is more blooming down there already. Cherry blossoms maybe? Forsythia?


Blue Bunny -

Wow - that is a way cool look you have now, my blue friend! You are cute and how nice of Miss Snaggle Tooth to give you a make over!


G. B. Miller said...

Board games are simply the best form of socializing that money can by.

Springtime in Georgia.

Does it get better than that?

Lynn said...

G -

I like it that my mom is so good about remembering all the rules, too.

It doesn't get too much better than that, my friend. :)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Yay- springly buds! It won't be long for you there-
Interesting Pollyanna story in comments here! No wonder your so good at finding your 3 things!

I haven't played a board game since my girls were young, except for a few rounds of Trivial Pursuit, n playing cards of course. Cribbage is my game, which I miss playing with my Dad n Gramps. It has a peg board you race around.
Lucky swap for you!

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

My niece in Portland got the board game gene from the family and she loves to play Cribbage, too. She found a board at a yard sale and plays it with her roommates. They have Cribbage tournaments. :)

Granny Annie said...

I am so jealous of your Bradford Pear tree blossoming. My Cherry tree should be doing the same but it is not. I fear this crazy winter has hurt my anticipated crop.

Our family plays WaHoo, a board game that my grandparents passed down. Lots of people accuse us of playing Aggravation or Chinese checkers but WaHoo is a different game with a different number of holes in the board. My grandparents had a beautiful wooden WaHoo board made and my parents had it copied for very nice wooden boards made for each of us.

I love your friendship jewelry swap. Isn't it great that it worked out so well for both of you!