Monday, April 8, 2013

G.....is for Games

If I had a dime for every game of Pinochle I've played, I would be a very wealthy woman. That is our very favorite card game. As a young married couple, my husband and I played cards every weekend with our neighbors. We had 2 sets of neighbors that were fond of this game and if one couldn't play for some reason, the other family pretty much always could.  Besides that I belonged to a Pinochle club where most all the members were residents of the subdivision I lived in. We met once a month and had it at a different house each month.

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.



7 comments:

myriteofpassage said...

I don't know Pinochle, but my ex and I used to play Canasta with friends. So, as you can see, we have some things in common. -Belinda {A - Z participant; today I'm talking about the Gift of art - please swing by].

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We've never played games with other couples but we play with our children.

Linda@VS said...

How funny! I keep giggling at what I imagine your faces looked like when your friend's husband tossed the cards into the fire. That's the kind of buzz kill that would make a good scene in a movie.

Danielle said...

That sounds like it would be a fun night. We try to play games at least once a week, but when we suggest it, our friends look at us like we're nuts. Oh well, one of these days it will happen.

Lucy said...

I have never played but I have to admit I could see me having fun with my friend BUT I WOULD HAVE DIED if my friend's husband would have reacted in that manner. It is kind of sad that she had no idea. Although, what a topic of conversation for the ride home and a great story. Dropping by from A-Z Challenge, Lucy from Lucy's Reality

Maggie Winter said...

I like cards, never heard of this game I will check it out, I love cribbage.Happy A to Z.

Josie Two Shoes said...

I love to play cards, my Grandma taught us canasta, I am good at rummy. My kids tried to teach me poker, it takes too much concentration. I have none. I also have no ability to remember the game rules a week later. It's always like a whole new day for me. But I still think it's fun if people will be patient and give me a chance to get up to speed! I love board games, Scrabble, and Monopoly and such. :-)