After we moved from that subdivision because we outgrew the house and the neighbors we most frequently got together with moved out of state, we didn't play so often. We would make a date and play cards maybe once every 3 or 4 months.
I remember one particular night we went to our friend's house in the old neighborhood. He had been working on a remodel of his house and we were initiating their new family room. He had a lovely fire going in the fireplace and we set up the table there with our usual snacks; beer for the guys, chip, dip and Pepsi for the women. We always played guys against the girls....we were all seasoned players but we always had fun playing. That night she and I were acting sort of silly. We hadn't seen each other in months and we were enjoying the game to the max. Everything was pretty much ok while the guys were winning but then.....she and I started acting goofy and we were chanting little songs and acting like we were putting spells on the cards. "Acey, acey, where you been....come back to us girls again". What was hilarious is that it was actually working.
We won hand after hand.....game after game. The more we won, the more giddy we became. Finally, her husband could take no more. He jumped up from the table.....gathered up the cards and threw them into the burning fire in one big swoop, announcing that it would take a burning fire to get rid of the curse we had put on the cards. It was the end of the evening anyway.....so we left shortly after that. I found out later from her that she found out that her husband actually believed in spells and curses and felt that we had really done something like that. Amazing. We had known them for way over 15 years at that point and never knew that about him. Heck....she was married to him and never knew it. I guess it came as no surprise when they divorced about a year or so later and my husband and I followed suit shortly after that. Anyway, we did make lots and lots of happy memories with our get togethers....even this one is a good memory because we were having so much fun. Gosh, I miss playing that game.