So, while we’re waiting for something more exciting to happen (like being able to burn these infernal maternity clothes and pull out the jeans again . . . ), let me explain the LOSER sign. The one that was hanging on the sad-faced pig on our bookcase, as pictured above. The pig was a gift to Micah from a friend of his. A reminder to save his pennies so he could go to Cancun at the end of one summer when he was in college. It’s from Mexico and apparently Mexican piggy banks are made to look grumpy so you won’t break them. That is the story behind that. Oh, and he did indeed go to Cancun and have a wonderful time and came back with a tan that you wouldn’t believe and that he still dreams of one day re-attaining.
And the sign. The sign is for the loser of The Loser Game to wear once s/he has lost. If you haven’t played The Loser Game, just know that it is fun and we hope we have the chance to add your name to our sign sometime. You see, everyone wins in The Loser Game, except for one person. That person must write his/her name on the back of the sign and wear it through the next round of the game. During that round, the other players may refer to the loser as “Loser” and remind the loser of his/her task, which is to clear the deck from the middle of the table when the correct cards are played. Our particular sign is made to be incredibly awkward to wear, just so you don’t forget you’ve got it on. We’re nice that way. Once a person’s name is on the sign, if s/he loses again, a checkmark is placed next to his/her name, but really, we would like to just get as many names as we can on it. Because it is fun.
As a warning, The Loser Game may not be for everyone. Sensitive teenage girls are liable to take the moniker to heart if they lose, and then refuse to play the game even five years later, citing deep emotional scars and therapy bills that student loans will not cover.