Who Knew That I Could Have So Much Fun Playing Cards!
By Kathy Newman
My parents qualified their answer when I invited them to come to Switzerland with my family, by the statement, ”Only if you learn how to play Bridge!” I could see their reasoning as it would be nice to share time around the card table in the evenings after a busy day of exploring a new country; especially with our two little daughters lapping up the sights, sounds and new taste flavours. (They really missed peanut butter!) So, I learned the basics of bridge.
However, the evening when I was partnered with my father was the end of my attempt at Bridge as he was just too serious a player and lacked the patience necessary to encourage my skills. Thus, the end of Bridge playing for me. I stuck to Crib!
Luckily, when visiting my 90 year old Mom at her seniors’ home, many years later, I was reintroduced to cards and I loved playing with Mom, Margaret, Gertrude and Anne. The game was called “65” and was a form of Rummy that started with three cards with card number 3 as the wild card. The next hand, I was dealt 4 cards and number 4 was the wild card. Thus, the game progressed with one major difference. No one got angry with me!! If I mistakenly played the wild card, it was gently handed back to me with a smile and the advice, ”You might need that one, dear.”
This wonderful group of ladies also kept me chuckling by their easy banter and spontaneous singing while waiting for their turn. “Seven old ladies were stuck in the lavatory…nobody knew they were there…” had me joining in and loving every minute of the gaity.
Mom passed away on October 16, 2008 as did her great buddies who were all of similar age. I haven’t played cards except solitaire on my cell phone since! Maybe I need to have another stab at Bridge!