Last night we had dinner with friends at their house, and after dinner, while the younger kids played video games, we older kids played Pictionary. The Girls Team won, in spite of the fact that I was half of the team. My partner looked at my drawing of a circle with a small square in it and immediately said, "Eight Ball!" It took about 16 seconds. Well, it looked like a circle with a small square in it. If the roles had been reversed, I probably would never have gotten the answer from that drawing.
Fortunately my partner has a young brain. We established that in several ways last night. Like the fact that she now has, and uses, a Nintendo DS with games on it to improve the health of her brain. She demonstrated her abilities on it, while I demonstrated my disabilities. Ouch.
I was thinking the other day that I really need to do some cross-training for my brain, because mostly I sit in this chair and do word stuff. I had thought of picking up knitting again. I once made a six foot long neck scarf--my crowning achievement before I put the needles away in junior high.
But, wow, last night was a huge wake-up call. I had a heck of a time drawing a bear (which again, she did get, but I'm amazed that she could see "bear" in that mess I drew). "Neighborhood" she got when I drew two tiny squares with triangles on top (the houses). That was another really quick one.
And when it was my turn to guess and her turn to draw, she did wonderful pictures. I got frustrated when I couldn't guess from her drawings, because she did a great job. Obviously I wasn't a total failure at this--we won after all--but I do think I need to get my brain doing some different things in addition to the every day reading and writing.
Like the two pictures here? She drew these--really quite similar to these pictures--and after some mumbling to myself I shouted out, "The Wicked Witch of Doctorville!" Famous book title or desperate call for help from a brain that constantly thinks about books?
It took me a few more seconds to get the correct answer: Witch Doctor. And, as I said, the Girls Team did win. I just think yours truly needs to train some before the next game.