Russian Mancala

February 6th, 2008

Caden got a mancala board and stones for his birthday.  For those not familiar, mancala is a very old game aparatus consisting of 2 rows of 6 small dishes usually carved out of wood.  At either end of the row are larger dishes which are the actual mancalas.  There are stones or flat marbles that are placed in the dishes and different games revolve around picking up and moving stones, ultimately trying to get more in your manacala than your opponent.  Its  very good game that requires tactics and strategy and Caden is suprisingly good at it.  It is currently one of the more requested games to be played (I do not miss Candy Land, Memory and War).  Dacen wants to play too…well, actually he just wants to play with the stones.  One Saturday during a game I looked at Dacen as he had a mouthful of the stones.  I scolded him and we continued play.  At the end of the game Caden and I realized we were one stone short.  After a quick search we turned up empty handed and when we asked Dacen where it was he pointed inside his mouth.  Yup…he swallowed it!  It took 3 days and several poop mining excursions for us to recover the stone.  And like a good game of Russian roulette, our mancala games now have a new level of tension as the players wonder if the stone they are picking up is the one that has traversed the small intestine of our smallest family member.

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