“You roll the dice and move your token that many spaces,” Amanda read aloud. “Or don’t move it. Or don’t even bother rolling the dice.”

“What if I don’t want a token?” Becky asked. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Little Plow and the Mixer and The Blowhards. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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Amanda looked at the rules. “It says you have to choose a token and yes the tokens are all the same because who really cares.”

Cindy nodded and chose her token. Debbie took another one. Becky chose another other one, so Amanda took the one that was left.

“Now we all put them in the starting square,” Amanda read aloud.

Cindy looked at the board. “There are only two squares and neither one says Start.”

“One says Finish,” Becky observed, “but it’s not a square. It’s a triangle.”

Amanda looked at the rules. “They said it was going to be a square but the artist got up to pee and never came back.”

“So which of the two squares is the starting square?” Debbie asked.

Amanda shrugged. “I guess it doesn’t matter.”

“How’s the game, girls?” Ellen asked as she brought in a bowl of sunflower seeds.

“Mommmmm,” Amanda said. “They’re still in the shell.”

“They take longer to eat that way,” Ellen said as she looked out the window. “And it’s supposed to rain all weekend.”

Becky sighed. “So who rolls first?”

Amanda looked at the rules. “It says the youngest player should go first. Or the oldest. Or whoever.”

Ellen cocked a brow. “What’s this game called, again?”

Amanda looked at her mom. “Ennewee, I think.”

Ellen picked up the box cover. “It’s pronounced ahn-WEE, dear. It’s French for ‘annoyance’ but in English it means ‘bored’ or ‘listless’ or whatever.”

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