Horseshoes in the 21st Century


When I was young almost a half century ago, I used to have fun watching the “old men” play horseshoes at family reunions. Very few people in my generation played the game even after we grew up because it was connected with that older generation – the ones so many of us rebelled against. (I’m at the tag end of the teens that didn’t trust anyone over 30 – and if you don’t know what that means, you’re too young to care.)

Tonight when I came home, the teens next door were playing a new game they call Washers. It’s horseshoes with a twist – sort of combined with skee ball. Instead of aiming at a post, they have a board with three holes in it worth 1, 3 or 5 points. They stand back a distance and throw large (6″ or so) washers at the board. For each washer they get in a hole, they earn points. The first one to 21 wins. It looks and sounds like horseshoes. In fact, they even described the game as being “like horseshoes”.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or, there isn’t anything new under the sun. It was fun to watch all over again.