Never have I ever had as much fun as this

By Janet Hommel Mangas

I was explaining the game of “Never Have I Ever” last week, the game where players sit in a circle and one person will speak something they have never done like never have I ever parachuted, and if you have parachuted then one point will be deducted.

Each player starts with 10 points. One by one everyone will speak something they have never done and players who have done that will get 1 point deducted and also they will tell their story. The player left with points in the end will win the game.

Some statements might be “Never have I ever:”

… had to run to save my life.

… taken food out of a trash can and eaten it.

… taken part in a talent show.

… walked for more than six hours.

… seen an alligator or crocodile in the wild.

… been on TV or the radio.

I would have lost three points from those six questions.

Lately I feel like I’ve been playing a real life game of “Never Have I Ever.”

… Never have I seen honeybees buzzing around in the middle of winter.

… Never have I pressure-washed and applied teak oil to my outdoor furniture in the middle of February.

… Never have I ever seen an owl at eye-level in the middle of the day, a mere 15 feet from a walking path.

… Never have I ever fertilized my perennials before March.

… Never have I ever helped plan a convention.

… Never have I ever enjoyed throwing kettlebells, squatting and dead-lifting.

If that was a game to six points, I would have been the first player out. What are your “never-have-I-evers”?

Janet Hommel Mangas grew up on the east side of Greenwood. The Center Grove area resident and her husband are the parents of three daughters. Send comments to