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I think Musical Chairs is way, waaay too stressful a game for children for play. I watched them play it at my niece's birthday party and I practically had a nervous breakdown.

Think about it. Remember when you played it? Did you actually like it?

I bet not.

You're afraid to pass any chair while the music is playing. You guard it till the last second, when the kid behind gets too close for comfort. You hope against hope that the music won't stop before you've reached the next chair. Suddenly, all of your "friends" have become your enemies, willing to do anything to knock you out of the game. Talk about paranoia.

The music screeches to a halt. A kid leaps into YOUR chair, shoving you out of the way, and everyone else finds a chair as well.

And  there you are, standing all by yourself.



In silence, except for a few smug ha-ha-ha's.

And you stumble away in humiliation and defeat while the music resumes, and those who are left continue the wretched game.

OK: Duck-Duck-Goose is fun. Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey is fun. Tag is fun. Hide-and-Seek is fun (unless nobody bothers to look for you). Heck, even Dodgeball is fun...so much fun, in fact,  that some schools have actually outlawed it. Dodgeball gives you an opportunity to bash someone else with the ball. And you are moving, too, not slinking around a circle of chairs...those chairs...omg, those coveted chaaaairs! In Dodgeball nobody follows you, invading your personal space, hurrying you along, breathing down your neck. There's no jolly music to be choked off right in the middle of the tune--which, in itself, I find extremely disturbing. One second you hear it. The next second you don't. Maybe you were humming along. I don't even like it when my husband switches the TV in the middle of a commercial. I prefer closure, I guess. Or else I was taught that it's rude to interrupt.

I used to break out in a cold sweat whenever I had to play Musical Chairs.  Now, as an adult, I still find it painful to watch. I don't think my nephew liked it much, either. He got bounced out twice and looked positively heartbroken. I gave him bubblegum. What I really wanted to do was whisper in his ear: Tante hates this game, too. Hey, I know! Let's go find some cap guns and scare the shit out of 'em ALL!

Something tells me I may be a bad influence on this child.

So...who besides me also HATED that game? :)


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Mar. 27th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
You are so ABSOLUTELY right.
Mar. 27th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
I knew I wasn't alone!
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)

I agree! I would never in a million years play that game willingly. Even when I was pretending I had a little panic attack and had to stop.

Mar. 27th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
We are totally related. :) Seriously, girl--I was short of breath yesterday!
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
What a wonderfully apt description of a horrible game!
(I confess to not being particularly fond of dodgeball either, being clumsy, fat and very short-sighted, that last a condition which wasn't discovered until almost puberty. I was a favorite target, but at least being hit out early minimized the bruises.)
Mar. 28th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
At least in dodgeball you can HIDE behind people, lol. I wasn't so good at dodging the ball. I was, however, pretty adept at pounding the ball into people's heads. :)
Mar. 31st, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
And I? she asked ruefully. Mostly too big to hide, ergo pretty adept at getting pounded! :-D
Mar. 27th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Count me in. Adult sanctioned torture of innocent children.
Mar. 28th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yes!! I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out one as equally unpleasant, and so far have come up with nothing.
Mar. 27th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
wonderful description of a truly annoying game. Whenever I see them play it on the Ellen Show I want to yell at the screen, stop torturing them! Especially when it's the blindfolded version and Ellen moves the last chair and lets the last person keep floundering around trying to find it. Sheesh.
Mar. 28th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
BLINDFOLDED??? Doesn't that violate...I dunno...the Geneva Convention?
Mar. 29th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Haha! Yes, exactly!!
Mar. 28th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's a stupid game that rewards pushiness.

Boot camp for future grocery shoppers. Bleah.
Mar. 28th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
So true!!!!
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
I've never liked musical chairs, either. Then again, I never liked ANY of the games you mentioned. (Huh, no wonder I was an antisocial kid. XD)
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