Friday, July 3, 2009

Dealing With Loss

When I was growing up my parents taught us all the card games. We learned poker, five hundred, hearts, bridge, pinochle, crazy 8s, and a game called canasta. I still play contract bridge.

I read that card games (except poker) really are becoming extinct. Parents don’t teach their kids card games anymore. Hell, video games have replaced board games. Toys have become solitary pursuits. I’m sorry about that. I loved sitting around that table with my brood and bantering, bitching, and battling. We got to know each other around that table. Even now all family events end with a card game.

I miss the dining room table.
I miss the cards.
I miss the debates.
I miss the camaraderie.