Scrabble has always been a popular game in my family. (I know that I have posted about this before, but this will be different.) We played Scrabble, when we were first married. Getting together with a Church group of friends for real tournaments and then playing with my brother-in-law and his wife. They lived in the apartment above us and would come down for a night of Scrabble playing during the winter. Popcorn and pop and the board game. My BIL would make me so mad...he would make up words and then fall on the floor laughing. The dictionary was always close at hand...when we played. He laughs about it today...not funny! The game went with us on our vacations. On days that we couldn't go out fishing...we would play. I think that we were all better spellers because of the game. A couple of years ago, I told my daughter that I thought we should get a new game. Her facial expression changed and she said, "Mom, the game won't be the same on a new board." So, I kept the old tattered board. Now she and I play Scrabble long distance. Internet Scrabble. We "pass the board" back and forth after making a new word. We are very serious players. Putting a comment on the message board after each play. Sometimes our messages can be encouraging (yea Mom...good game,) but most times we send each other "little barbs"..... Friendly "little barbs." This past weekend, when she was at her other home...we tried to play the game. It didn't work on her other computer. We tried and tried to play...installing a new game...reinstalling again. There was something missing this weekend. We have depended on this game to keep us in touch in a small way. A comment a day...somedays two. We both missed the daily contact. A phone call and we talked about missing the game. What was wrong? Did you reinstall? Darn I had a good score! I had the Q! Will it work when you are back in DC? The weekend just wasn't the same. I checked on and off all weekend. She traveled back to DC last night. I'll have to admit that I checked the game before I went to bed...to see if it was working. A little disappointed, when it wasn't on my screen. This morning first thing...I checked...there it was, just as we left it. It was my turn to play a word. What can you do with 4 E's and 3 I's?