When I was a kid, my mom and I were always two peas in a pod, and we very much still are. When I think about how I can't go see her right now, it's pretty gutting, especially since both Mother's day and my graduation are coming up, but I remember that we can Zoom and play games and celebrate these great occasions together even apart. The following article is a list of games--each with a personal resonance for me and my mom--that I think are perfect for Mother's Day.
Game of Life
When I was a kid, my mom and I got roped into doing some sort of mommy-daughter retreat for our church where we would learn about an important cause that I was honestly too young to even remember. All I know is that it involved my mom and I being surrounded by a bunch of strangers and staying in beds that made my basement dorm from undergraduate look downright cheerful. Both were things my mom and I did not particularly enjoy. Before we'd left for the retreat we'd fortunately stopped by the church auction and found an old, beaten-up copy of the Game of Life. At night in order to calm us down enough to go to bed, my mom and I would play Life and see if we could land our dream jobs and make it big. It was a great bonding experience and really allowed us to open up conversations about different goals and how to reach those goals, and it helped us get through what was really an otherwise boring trip.
Sushi Go Party!
Sushi Go Party! was one of the first games I got for my board game collection, and I've played it so many times since then that I can't even keep count anymore. However, the most memorable times I have played have definitely been when I am visiting my mom and during Thanksgiving and Christmas when we all are gathered at my mom's. Even though Sushi Go Party! can be played with up to 8 people, I have mostly played it with two--just me and my mom. We also are huge Marrying Mr. Darcy fans. Playing these games with my mom allows us some time to engage in a different way than going on walks and watching whatever BBC show we are both binging, and it's one of my favorite ways to spend time together.
Marrying Mr. Darcy
My mom and I are best friends, and I love our time together. One of our favorite pastimes is watching Jane Austen television and movie adaptations. So when I found out that there was a card game all about Pride & Prejudice, where you got to play as any of the female characters, I was psyched to pick it up and even more psyched to play it with my mom. We have had a blast every time, and it's been a big success with family and friends alike.
Tussie Mussie is a game where your opponent picks two cards from their hand and places one face up and one face down before you for you to draft from. The game is by Elizabeth Hargrave, and it is pretty and fun, and the perfect gift for any mom on Mother's Day. I bought a copy for my mom last year for her birthday in December, though I haven't gotten to sit down and play with her yet, since all of my travel plans got cancelled like everyone else's. While she and I both have been super busy and are having trouble finding the time to play games together right now, we are having a Zoom meeting this Sunday and will finally get break out Tussie Mussie and build the perfect bouquet.
I think there's something special about getting your mom a game for Mother's Day and learning that game together. It really allows you to spend time together in a way that requires some thinking. Also, if you're mom is anything like my mom, it also gives your mom a chance to get out some of that very competitive energy. Watching her and my aunt go toe to toe over a board game is really entertaining and fun--the same goes for when she hate drafts away my shrimp tempura during our games. I hope that this Mother's Day Labyrinth can help you get the gift your mom will love. Thanks!
As an Additional Note
If you are interested in finding a game for your mom that helps your mom to feel like they are getting out of the house even while we are all stuck inside, then be sure to check out Monday's article on games that let us travel from the comfort of our home.