Unabridged from my Bonus Years column in the Lifestyle section of The Sunday Capital, Annapolis, Maryland.
Last week, while remembering my father, as I often do, I was also reminded of the games we played when I was a kid. Like others, our family played all the board games such as checkers, chess, Monopoly and the rest. But, we also had “high-tech” games. Just like the kids today who have Angry Birds, Grand Theft Auto and other colorful, high-def, fast-moving video games, when I was a boy we had the kaleidoscope. It wasn’t till much later that the really high-tech Pong and Pac-Man came along. To my generation, the kaleidoscope was in a class of its own.