Last week my 12 year old daughter and I sat down to play a game of scrabble. As the game progressed, she got a few very high scoring letters, with which she made a word. In spite of that she did not get high points for that word, as she didn’t use it on a “double word/ triple word/letter”. Using it in such a place would have increased her points three fold. I told her she could make some other word for now and try to make this word in her next turn.
She did not like my suggestion and was fine with her choice. Her question that followed surprised me!! She asked me “Amma, why is it always so important to win all the time? Can’t we just play the game to enjoy and learn a few new words in the process? I want to enjoy my game. I don’t want to play to win “.
I really didn’t know how to react. But her question left me thinking…….