For the August 1st One Year Anniversary of these “My Life With Gracie” stories and illustrations, I have been wanting to do something special. Gracie thought a game would be a great gift for our readers, and the other chickens agreed.
Gracie explained, “It has to be the kind of game we chickens can play too. That way we can make sure it’s good enough to give to people.”
“Plus everyone will want to play it with their own chickens. I’m sure of that,” she added confidently.
“Not everyone has chickens in their backyard,” I said. “Some people don’t even have a backyard.”
Everyone looked at me with unblinking surprise and open beaks.
“You can’t be serious.”
“It’s sadly true,” I said.
“How are they able to make it from one day to the next?”
“Who guards their house for them?”
“Who digs their holes for them?”
“Most important of all, who eats their worms for them?”
I shrugged my shoulders and looked at them sadly. “It’s not easy. That’s all I can say.”
“Well then, we really do need to do something to bring some happiness into their lives,” said Gracie with her strongest determination.
“Yes. Oh, yes!” the others clucked emphatically. “Bless their people hearts!”
“How about a card game?” I suggested. “Those don’t need dice which would be difficult for a chicken to roll.”
Then I showed them a deck of cards, and they practiced moving and flipping them over.
They put their heads together and talked among themselves. Finally Gracie declared, “We want to give everyone a free card game.”
“So what do you want to call your card game?”
“Feed The Chickens!” they clucked together without giving it a second thought or any debate at all. “What could be more fun for people than feeding their chickens? Even if it’s only in a card game?”
“I see. Sort of like your favorite joke…Why did the farmer cross the road?”
“To feed the chickens!” They all rocked from side to side with laughter.
That old joke always makes them laugh. I guess I will never understand chicken humor.
After that though, the discussion became somewhat disorganized. Everyone was sure “Feed The Chickens!” was going to be the most phenomenal card game ever in all the history of the world. What could be more fun? But how should the game be played? We needed rules.
I started jotting down their ideas as quickly as I could, usually without being able to tell who was saying what. There was a lot of excitement!
“There should be six different kinds of fruit and vegetable cards.”
“How about seven? One for every day of the week. To remind people how they need to feed their chickens every day!”
“Color the fruits and vegetables so they look really tasty!”
“Don’t color the fruits and vegetables. That way the people can have extra fun coloring them in for themselves.” That was Emily’s suggestion because she likes to draw.
“Don’t put any words on the cards because some of us can’t read,” offered Gracie. “Or numbers either.”
“Yes, but if you do use counting, don’t make the numbers go too high,” said Pearl. “One of us can’t count past four, but I’m not naming any names.”
“Everyone knows you’re talking about yourself!” the others pointed at Pearl who laughed along with them.
“Big cards so people can handle them better.”
“Little cards so people can tuck them away in their pockets and take them with them wherever they go.”
“How about chicken-sized cards so both chickens and people can play with them? Or at least the few fortunate people who have chickens in their backyard.”
This went on for the longest time, and I was sure I would run out of notebook pages.
“The winner should be the one who feeds the chickens the most.”
“Okay but only if the most is the most corn because that is my favorite.”
“That’s fine for you, but I like chopped apples and grated carrots the best.”
“No, the winner should be the one who finishes feeding the chickens first.”
“Make some cards with worms on them!” someone suggested, and the others thought that was just about the best idea ever.
“And a smelly old shoe,” laughed Pearl. “Nobody wants that!”
“Then the winner should be the one who feeds the chickens the most worms!” declared Amelia.
“I think the loser should have to eat the old shoe,” chuckled Bessie. “I can come up with a nice recipe!”
With that, they had just about exhausted all of their ideas, at least for this brainstorming session.
It would be my job to turn their suggestions into a card game that would entertain my chickens and hopefully our readers, even those who don’t have chickens.
Please check back here on Thursday, August 1st when we will post the PDF documents for you to print your “Feed The Chickens!” Card Game. The basic rules will also be posted!
This may look like an easy card game, but just because chickens can play it, doesn’t mean you won’t need to use some strategy!
We are also testing a solitaire version for those who don’t have chickens (or children) who would enjoy this game!