Since I was hyperactive when I was little, my mother thought of ways to simmer me down. She taught me how to play chess when I was in third grade. We played Crazy 8′s, Yahtzee, 500 Rummy, and Gin (for nickels). Yes, she tried to get me to be able to stay on task. So, I thought. Hell, she just liked to play games.
I was pretty good at Chinese Checkers at a very early age. I was able to concentrate for long periods of time with this game. Isn’t wasn’t until my 30′s, that my mom told me something that just pissed me off. We were playing a game of Yahtzee while my two children took a nap. She plucked this comment right out of the sky. There wasn’t even a good segway.
“You know that little green pill you had to take every day for your car sickness?” (I had extreme motion sickness) I nodded. It was such a tiny green thing. It really helped ride the bus without puking every afternoon on the way home.
“Well….” and she sort of snort chuckled, “it was really a mild tranquilizer.” She continued rolling her dice.
I just stared at her.
“Well, you couldn’t concentrate on anything. You were always moving from one thing to another and asking a million questions.”
I just stared at her.
“At church I gave you a sliding puzzle and you worked on it through the whole church service, so that’s why you had so many of those. But, at school you just couldn’t concentrate, so we gave you a mild tranquilizer.”
I wanted to wring her neck. She gave me a mild tranquilizer because I jumped from one thing to another? What a loon ! And then I thought, “I wonder if I have any of those sliding puzzles. Those were cool and I did have a lot of them.”
Ok, I guess things never change. After my mom left, I hunted for those sliding puzzles. I don’t know why. I just felt the need to look at them. And I hate it when I can’t find anything. For those of you who aren’t familiar with sliding puzzles, here is an example:
They are like a Rubic’s Cube ala slide. The photo is all screwed up, and it is up to you to slide the little tile squares left and right or up and down until the picture is complete. Some were pretty easy. Some just pissed me off. I wish I had the religious one that I worked on for weeks.
The sliding puzzle has been around since 1880. It’s introduction created a puzzle craze during that time period. The fifteen block was the oldest type of sliding puzzle.
Like the picture slider above, this popular slider had fifteen tile blocks.
Ha!!! Found it. This is the one I played with for hours at a time. I thought that it had some religious picture in the middle, but I guess I thought that because I played with it in church. This one just made me smile.
You have no idea. I am going to have to hunt this down on ebay or at an antique shop. This just brought back so many memories.
Having fun now.
I just found my next collection.
I could see why I would sit for hours when I was little, working on these. It did keep me from making my mind jump from one thought to another.
Wait a minute………………
My mom gave me a tranquilizer?