The Six-Year-Old plays checkers

Although she’s only ever played checkers while waiting for a table at Cracker Barrel, my daughter is a master checker player.

(Typing that it occurs to me that perhaps we spend too much time at Cracker Barrel. Hmm. Well, something to contemplate later. Right now I have a post to do.)

During the recent polar vortex, The Six-Year-Old decided that she was no longer content with only being able to play checkers outside Cracker Barrel. She wanted to play it while huddled around our radiator at home.

Sadly, while we have a board, it had been separated from its checkers pieces during an unfortunate moving incident. So we improvised.

The Six-Year-Old, triumphantly: “This checkers with buttons is fun. But checkers with cookies would be even better.”

Eureka! I’ll know it’s time to stop going to Cracker Barrel when they replace their regular checkers pieces with chocolate chunk and chewy chocolate meringue cookies.

The Six-Year-Old, aghast: “Are you crazy?”


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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One Response to The Six-Year-Old plays checkers

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    I used to but now Baby and I play close the box or crazy eights.


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