Am I aggravating? Don’t answer that:) It was a hypothetical question. But I do know that there was a lot of Aggravation last time I visited the Eicher family. Okay, enough of the jokes. Aggravation is a fun game that the Eichers have played as long as I have known them. The Amish – despite ferocious societal pressure from the outside – still largely live in an electronic-free world. This means that entertainment – gasp – actually involves doing non-electronic stuff together like playing games or talking. Connect Four, Sorry, Aggravation, other board games, and puzzles still do much to entertain Amish families during the evenings of a long, cold winter. This winter has been anything but cold so I think some of the indoor games have been curtailed a bit. But Aggravation is still a favorite and Lovina’s brother-in-law Jacob makes these beautiful homemade versions. The late Elizabeth Coblentz wrote about the game often. I found references to it in her column as early as 1993 and almost 10 years later 10 months before her untimely passing she wrote: “this Sunday in January has now ended. The boys had a good time today playing a board game called Aggravation.”
Another game she wrote about often is called Carrom, anyone heard of that?
So if you would like to watch me do a little demo of the game Aggravation using a homemade board at Lovina’s house, click here. It really is a fun game. I think board games sort of bring people together in a way that everyone at their individual electronic stations doesn’t. Does your family play board games? If so, which ones are favorites?