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Settlers of Catan

The holiday atmosphere continued tonight at the Rozell house. We had our good and growing friends James and Carina and their two kids over for an evening of movies, a game, and party foods.

The plan was to put on a movie for the kids while the adults gathered around the table to visit and play the board game, Settlers of Catan. We’ve had the game for several years, given to us by other dear friends the Watsons. We’ve only played it once before, one evening in Fort Yukon when we had the Neuberts over for dinner. On that occasion, since no one had ever played the game, we spent our time setting up the board and making it twice around (reading the directions the entire time) before our interest waned.

But James and Corrina have settled Catan many times before, so tonight they were our guides. It was a lot of fun, and it gave us a framework for spending time together and allowing conversations to unfold while bartering for wood, wheat, and ore. In the end, they all had to pay tribute to me as the Lord of Catan.

The kids did not take to the special movie quite like we had hoped, but they did manage to entertain themselves for a surprisingly long time. They alternated between the movie in the living room, playing dinosaurs in the boys’ room, watching Dora on the computer in our bedroom, bothering Jamiee and one of her friends in her room, and finally, watching a series of cartoons, accompanied by popcorn and root beer back in the living room.

The evening felt like a holiday. We were allowing our kids to break their normal rules and routines. They ate too much ice cream with too many syrups and sprinkles, we ate too much pizza, popcorn, and drank too much, but the holiday made it all seem somehow okay. It was a special occasion.

And at the end of the night when their daughter, Essie, began to weep and grieve because the evening was over and it was time to go home, I felt her pain. We really had a good time too.

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 11:46PM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

glad to hear the catan klan is growing.
December 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwatson

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