Monday, May 6, 2013

How Do You?

Twisting his shoulders up and down back and forth until they seemed to find a comfortable position, my husband, said, "You lie the patient flat on the floor, face down. Well, not actually face down, but the front of his body down." 

At this point he stood up and grabbed his imaginary patient's limbs with his hands and placed a foot on his imaginary back and continued, "Then you lift his right foot and his left hand and gently pull them toward each other until either they reach or the patient complains. Then you do the same with the other hand and foot. Now lie the patient on his left side and kneel behind him," he said, continuing to act out his explanation. 

"Push his right leg and hip forward while pulling his shoulder back toward you. Roll him to the other side and do the same. See how many ways you can pull and twist the patient. Then run your hands through his hair and grab handfulls of it and gently pull harder and harder until either you can't pull any harder or the patient complains. Explain to the patient that they may be sore for a while, need to drink a lot of water, and that they should feel better in the morning."

What was he talking about?

We were playing one of our after dinner conversation games. Each person wrote on a piece of paper the question, "How do you...?" and then listed something that they know how to do, but others may not know how to do. Then we folded up the papers and placed them in a basket.

Some of our questions were:
How do you...
...make jello pretzel salad?
...remove candle wax from a tablecloth?
...adjust escapement on spring driven clocks? an airplane?
...take a city bus in South America?
...change a cloth diaper?
and the one my husband was answering,
...give a Thai massage?

We each took a turn choosing a paper and answering whatever the question was. The more you could get people to laugh with your answer, the better.

After we all had a good laugh, we guessed who had written the question and asked them how it's really done and maybe how they learned to do this, or other questions we thought of. 

It was another meal where we celebrated family and laughter together and another way to connect.

So, how do you give a Thai massage?

For other conversation game ideas check out these posts:
I Hope I Never
I Laughed Till I Cried
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If you have an idea for a great conversation starting question, you can let me know there, too! I'd love to hear your questions and might even use them in the future!

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  1. It's amazing what others in our families know how to do that we take for granted. Like make lunch on Sunday for Mother's Day! How do you do that if you don't go out or order in a pizza. Well, I guess I can grill some chicken. Is there any gas in the bottle?

    1. Ask your daughters and daughter-in-law to do this!

  2. What a fun, easy game idea. I'll have to try that with some friends sometime :) Thanks for sharing.
    ~Mrs. Lopez of

  3. I love this idea. It looks really fun! And I'm all about party games.

  4. This has all kinds of hilarious written on it for my family. Great idea.

    Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!

  5. I love fun family things that involve everybody - even the adult "kids" who many think are "too old" to have fun. I find that my adult daughters and sons-in-law love crazy fun games as much as their little kids do. And the memories and family bonding that comes from things like this are priceless!

    1. J, I love these things, too! We have done another game that even the professed game haters have had fun with. I threw out the papers from it so will have to "subject" them to it again to have the details right and some photos to show.

  6. What great fun! I love this idea...especially when my older granddaughters come this summer! Great engagement and interaction! I can't wait. This is one of the coolest...user friendly posts I've read in forever! So happy to find your site!
    Joan gramcrackercrumbs

    1. Joan, you made MY day with your comment! Thanks!

  7. What a great way to involve everyone. Your personal, customized Trivia game!

  8. That was a marvelous post. What a great idea. All our group needs to start the conversation is "Did you see this on TV." and away we go. Sometimes I am completely lost but I like to try to keep up. Might try this next time.

  9. Sounds fun!! Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this past week.

  10. Fun family times! We play a lot of family games when we get together. Thanks for linking up & sharing @ Theresa

  11. What a great game -- definitely would be a fun evening! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  12. This sounds like such a wonderful and fun family game! Love it. Pinned.



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