June 1 tornado in Wilbraham was the wooden gavel that had its home on the green monster (buffet) that was opposite the front door of the mountain top cabin in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Marash Girl looked at that gavel made of oak (was it made from one of the oak trees on the mountain?) and tried to remember. . . What was it that the kids used to play? She wrote an email asking for enlightenment, and here are the responses.
I believe the wooden gavel was used to play "Order in the Court" When we would have a mock trial. Funny, I was just thinking about that game the other day. Deron C.
All I remember about the game was banging the gavel and saying order in the court (and I think there were quite a few circular indents on the porch table from the banging). Did we actually do a trial? I don't remember any other part other than the banging of the gavel. Karoun C.
Banging the gavel and saying, "Order in the Court"? Nisha C.
Didn't we use it for that game? The market game. Corner on the Market? I remember Marash Girl saying, "Order in the Court!" Nancy H.
A guessing game of right or wrong decided by gaveling? Levon C.
I was trying to remember how that game went.
Perhaps we should have a re-trial at Christmas. Lorig C.
We got our first glimpse of the court system through this game. I guess we viewed the courts as chaotic! Lorig C.
What Marash Girl remembers? An 800 square foot cabin in Wilbraham, with sleeping for 14, almost always 6 children and 2 to 4 adults enjoying the summer camaraderie -- someone had to keep order in that court -- and the kids decided they were the ones to do it! Where the gavel came from, we'll never know!