Many things have changed since we started the bunco group. The most noticeable difference is the people. Out of the twelve people who were involved within the first year, I think there are 5 or 6 still attending. The others have left for various reasons. Me, I was not one of the first, but I did join within the first year; I've left and rejoined within these 11 years.
Some of the changes have been made for practical reasons, like the food. It has changed from appetizer/snack food to a dinner group. This change happened during the time I was gone, because many of the women went from being stay-at-home moms to working moms. They come right to bunco from work or at the very least it gives them an opportunity to eat dinner on Friday night and let their families fend for themselves.
The rest of the changes just snuck up on us, like the fact that the print on the back of packages and in books is much smaller than it was 11 years ago. Many of us now find ourselves reading from the end of our arms.
When I was putting out the word for people to attend, I got into a conversation with one of the women who really just wanted to stay home. With our kids growing up and us going back to work, we're a lot more tired than we used to be. When the kids were little, we wanted to get away from them once a month, now we want to stay home and relax at the end of the week.
We are out at bunco until around 11:00pm and it's past our bed times. I think we've even trimmed a couple months off our rotation; we used to just break up in July and August, now it's June through September.
We used to have bunco like the postal service; rain, snow, sleet or hail. Now, if it gets to be too much trouble, we cancel. So we are either more relaxed in our attitudes because we've matured, or we are just plain tired.
We used to play 4 or 5 rounds of bunco, now when we get in 3, we're happy to be done. Visiting and catching up takes as much time as the actual play.
But through gray hair, hot flashes, and teenagers, we have prevailed.