The game: The Silent Game
The purpose: ignore someone because they’re annoying you or you’re not in the mood to chat for whatever reason.
On Wednesday morning I was a bit giddy. I was perhaps too hyper running around the house making annoying noises and shit. I was perhaps a bit stubborn about putting a couple lightly soiled dishes in our dishwasher. I may have been a bit sarcastic about the situation because that’s how I tend to operate.
At some point Mrs. Lessinges just gave up the fight. She proclaimed, "I’m not talking to you anymore this morning". I shrugged it off as we were about to head out the door to work. I didn’t take her seriously because it was such a silly issue. As we exit the house I noticed she’s not saying anything when provoked.
She’s taking the Silent Game very seriously this morning. When I try to play the Silent Game I cave within seconds. All Mrs. Lessinges has to say is "don’t smile Egan, don’t do it… I can see you smiling" and then I flash a huge grin as a sign I’ve lost yet again. The smirk overtakes me.
So as we’re heading to the car, shortly after I lock the front house door, I laugh at her attempt to not say anything. For whatever reason it struck me as silly she thought she could keep silent on our 10 minute drive to work. I laughed nonstop for the next three minutes as we drove to work, most of it was the real laughter, or until her makeup was running down her face. Yes, I got her to laugh alright and then her laughter turned to tears. This, my friends, is how you win the Silent Game in close quarters. When the eye shadow runs, you can declare yourself a winner. I have to brag about this one considering I never win when we thumb wrestle.
TODAY’S RULED OUT BABY NAMES: Leona, Alison, Renée, Gina, Gwen, and Neneh.*
* first names of female artists as I scrolled through my iPod.