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Dinner and Bingo
 The sweetest day ever

Dear Aunt Bingo,
My kids treated me to the nicest Mother’s Day surprise this year: dinner and Bingo. And the best part was that they didn’t simply give me a gift card to a casino and wish me a nice time, they actually took me out to dinner at a very nice restaurant I love, and then went with me to Bingo and played Bingo with me!
This is something that never, ever happens. All three of my daughters think Bingo is “lame” and, although I have repeatedly invited them to play Bingo with me individually and together, not one of them has ever taken me up on the invitation.
You must understand that I have been going to weekly Bingo for their entire lives. They even turned my Bingo playing into a running joke between them. If one of them had a difficult test in school or some other challenging task they had to perform, inevitably one of them would console the other by saying: “Well, at least it’s not Bingo!”
When my Mother’s Day Bingo night finally came, I was quite impressed that there were absolutely no Bingo jokes the entire evening. After a pleasant dinner filled with lots of laughs and the retelling of many old family stories, the girls and I jumped into the car and drove to a high-stakes Indian Bingo not far from where we live.
I had assumed we would be going to one of the local charity Bingos and so was very excited to see the casino, where I rarely play and had not been to in a very long time. It was a weeknight and not too terribly busy, so we were able to get seats at our own table and continue our chatting without upsetting “the neighbors.”
It was a two-session night that moved along fairly quickly, and I was amused watching my girls giggling and trying to keep up. As I suspected would happen, after the second or third close call, the girls stopped their joking around and began getting quite serious about wanting to win. When my youngest missed out on a $500 double Bingo by literally one digit (she needed 71 and they called 72), I thought she might require a tranquilizer. When a man two tables from ours won $1,000, her eyes almost popped out of her head as she watched the runner count out his winnings.
As luck usually has it, the second session ended without any of us getting a Bingo, and I could see that my daughters were clearly disappointed. I assumed the disappointment came from their Mother’s Day treat being spoiled by Mom not winning Bingo. That quickly changed during the drive home when they began commiserating between themselves about how close each of them had come to winning several jackpots.
We decided to stop for donuts and coffee before calling it a night. The Bingo discussion continued, and I was mildly stunned when all three of them hinted at possibly going back to Bingo another time and trying again. I just smiled and nodded, thinking back to all the jokes about Mom’s Bingo and how lame it was.
We went again the following week. —Lil B., California, via email

Dear Lil,
What an absolutely adorable story. The one question I was left wondering is how old your daughters are. Although whether they are teens, young adults or middle-aged women, it does little to change the charm of your tale.
Bingo is a wonderful Mother’s Day gift: More Moms should consider asking the kids to take them to Bingo on their special day. What better way is there to be out of the house with loved ones sitting at a table enjoying each other’s company and playing a game together? Plus, if someone were to win, what a great new story to add to the family repertoire!
I hope your long-awaited Bingo outing becomes a new family tradition. —Aunt Bingo

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