We have written on ping pong balls all the activities we like doing together and some new ones. For example, each ball has one activity written on it such as art (doing some artwork like drawing), tennis, walking, rock climbing, etc. there are approximately 20 activities in the bag. We can add to the activities as we think them up and we can decide on removing those activities that aren't enjoyable enough to continue doing. Being flexible is an important aspect of the game.
To start the game, we must draw out two ping pong balls. If an activity is not doable because of weather or some other interference it is put back in the bag and another one is selected. For instance we selected last Friday evening "Walk the Dogs" and "Learn A Knot" (we have a book on knots that we haven't gotten around to using until now). We can choose to draw out more than two balls if we want, but we must attempt the two activities selected. The game helps alleviate the inertia of end-of-week doldrums and the banal banter, "What do you want to do?" "No, what do you want to do?"
After 23 years of marriage, the exhaustion that sets in at the end of a long week can make the selecting of creative ideas a chore. Eating out can be tedious because of the crowds and movies at the house a bore. Ping Pong Fun creates a little surprise and spontaneity in our lives.
By Chelse Benham (Lae Lae team member)