We played a new game last night. You think of anything that fits the category of “the best thing in the world.” Everyone writes their “best things” on squares of paper and you mix them in a bowl. Then you pick two at a time and create a bracket – like a tournament bracket, 16 or 32 contenders. After you’ve filled out the outside entries, the group votes between each pair. If there’s not a strong majority, you caucus for a while to see if you can come to greater consensus, or even unanimity if possible. Eventually you get to a final winner.
The discussions are entertaining – how do you debate “summer strawberries” against “laughing babies?” “pizza” vs. “wisdom?” In fact, the discussion part is the fun, mostly because you’re focusing on things that make people super happy. All night, other ideas for “best things” swirled around my brain. Makes for good sleeping.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 195: 152 words, TOTAL = 31,949; 28,051 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.