Monday, August 27, 2012

collections | playing cards

collections | playing cards
It's been a long time since I shared a collections photo. Today's collection is the contents of my grandparents' card cabinet in my Dad's beach bungalow in New Jersey.

One of the first things that comes to mind when I remember my grandparents, Mimi and Papa, is playing card games. Though they were avid Bridge players (which I still have no clue how to play), they never turned down their grandchildren's repeated requests to "Let's play a game!" - even if it was something as simple as Go Fish. Happy hour would commence, martinis would be poured, and cards would be dealt - my grandparents sipping on their cocktails while I munched happily on cheese and crackers and drank OJ. They taught us how to play Gin Rummy and Hearts. We taught them how to play Uno, Skip-Bo, and Kings in the Corners.

Also, in the cabinet - the rules to several games (including OH SHIT - which they evidently played for cash!) written in my Mimi's own handwriting:
Evidently, they were also teaching us how to play poker, as here is list of poker hands written by either me or my brother:
I no longer remember what a meld is, how to win a trick, or the rankings of poker hands (thankfully, I still have my cheat sheet!), and the cards in the cabinet probably haven't been touched in 15 years, but yet they remain, a relic of decades of summers spent playing cards in a tiny bungalow by the sea.


Sarah said...

How magical! I love all of the cards, and I especially love the handwritten notes. I think they should stay right there in the bungalow forever. :) My aunt recently mailed to me a handwritten recipe for Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies that was handwritten by my great-grandma. So special!

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

I agree, Sarah - I think everything at the bungalow should say the same (and I admit, I get upset whenever my dad changes things - no matter how small). That place is a treasure trove and I'm so glad that it's been in my family for so long and that there are still so many things there from my grandparents' era.

How awesome to get that recipe - and it sounds delicious, too!

Jillian said...

How wonderful Rachel! Just gives you that heart warming and cozy feeling :)