Monday, August 27, 2012
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.