Sherry has been writing about home, family, and pets since 2008. She enjoys retirement, traveling, reading, and crafts.
Scrabble Is My Mental Relaxer
Maybe Scrabble is not intoxicating for you, but does your family get out the Scrabble board once in a while?
I do not know what is going on when playing Scrabble, but the mental activity is relaxing. Accessing the brain channels that shuffle the letters into recognizable words is definitely causing brain chemistry to activate. Is it dopaminergic or a serotonin release, or some chemical I do not know?
One thing I like is this subtle action going on and I do not even have to run for a mile or exert any amount of energy or physical exercise to feel it. Getting the dictionary out and verifying the word is the final rush.
My Beatles version of Scrabble accesses old memories hidden deep in the hippocampus. More mental challenge.
The Latest Scrabble Gift
2012 at Christmas I received the Beatles version from my daughter. She is crazy about their music and always gets a lift when she listens to the Sunday morning Beatles radio show. I helped her learn the distinguishing voices of each band member.
Reviewing the Internet about this game has revealed that this edition is now offered at collector's prices. Amazon is about $35.00.
I saw a few for $30 on Ebay, but look out for the shipping costs.
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I Am the Only Family Member Who Suggests Playing
The other members in the family will too often say no to my suggestion to play a game of Scrabble. This reaction is very disappointing because it is those family members that have given me Scrabble games for many Christmases in the past.
I have a rather big wooden board that we have not used which would be nice as a display in a game room.
I have a mini travel board I very much want to locate, but it is hidden in some corner of the house.
There is the plastic board we use the most because it has a lazy Susan-like mounting allowing each player to turn the game to face them. Another plus is the tiles stay put with raised squares.
Of course, I still have my seventies flat board with the taped brown box. Last, I have the flannel Scrabble Pj bottoms for winter nights.
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Playing the Game
This Scrabble special edition is very attractive and playing it one summer Sunday upped my enthusiasm for it. The black tiles are eye pleasing and a black shopping bag style with a Fab Four graphic and velcro closure is fun to pass around the table.
A picture of the board is above with all the separate pieces. The Help! cards were a contention between Scrabble purists and those you like to stir things up. The Tax Man card can take 10% of everyone's score and add it to your own score. Other Help! cards are titled You Can't Do That, Ticket to Ride, Get Back: well you can imagine what their instructions are.
Of course, use the board and black tiles for playing traditional Scrabble too.
Gift Time is Near
I hope this is all the information you need to surprise a Scrabble enthusiast in your family. A birthday or the holidays are coming and this would make a cool gift to wrap and present. Remember the official dictionary too.
© 2013 Sherry Venegas
Add your story about Scrabble.
Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on October 10, 2014:
We used to play Scrabble a lot...now with the kids gone and living in other parts of the country we play Words with Friends. It is fun to still have a game with them even though they are far away.
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on October 10, 2014:
I've been a Scrabble player and fan for probably 50 years. Back in my early married years, with a new baby, a neighbor and I used to play Scrabble every afternoon while our little ones napped. We got so good at it that our hubbys wouldn't play with us. This Beatles version would be absolutely perfect for my former boss - the World's Biggest Beatles Fan! He knows the words to every Beatles song there ever was. He'd be hard to beat in this Scrabble version! :)
samsmom7 on November 04, 2013:
Scrabble is a mental game and it does relaxes me as well. When things get quiet around the house and my husband gets bored, I pull out the scrabble game and have some fun. He can be creative and come up with words I've never heard before so it becomes a fun game as we laugh and argue over words. He cheats! Lol!!
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on November 04, 2013:
No big story about Scrabble, I'm afraid, but I have been thinking it might be a fun alternative to the drivel of television in the evening--when I tire of working at the computer and decide to call it a day, that is. Enjoyed your story. Thank you for sharing it.
sybil watson on November 04, 2013:
I feel like Scrabble does something to my brain chemistry, too. It's like a file cabinet opens and it's full of great words that I'd forgotten I knew.