Thursday, December 5, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Rook, 42 or RummiCube?
• Cousin Linnette, who lives in Mobile, Ala., and her mom Aunt Eva of Banner, came by to visit us Friday after Thanksgiving. The granddaughters were gone off playing laser tag with their dad, Jason and Rexanne, so Linnette didn’t get to see them, but she did get to visit with all the animals.
Linnette shares an extreme love of animals with Dana and Remy — I love animals, but those three take it to another level! Dana and Linnette walked in the back a bit to visit with the horses and the dogs just naturally congregate on top of anyone who comes down the drive. The outside cats are a tad more restrained with visitors, vanishing at the first hint — they are cats after all.
We dug out some of our old family pictures and thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing about “the old times.”
Linnette was teary-eyed at some of the photos of Ma — the matriarch of the family, who passed away many years ago. Linnette, Dana, late cousin David and Ma were all very close.
Eva and I talked quilting and games. She and her late husband Uncle Jack were frequent visitors at my mother-in-law’s house where various family members often played the domino game 42. Very similar to the card game Rook, which I grew up playing with my dad, 42 can be very exciting, especially as competitive as we all were. Cousin Anita broke her watch one night, smacking her arm down on the table after a stupid move which cost her and her teammate the hand.
Linnette and I laughed looking at the pictures, wondering how all of us fit into Ma’s tiny kitchen and living room, at her home near Banner. Sometimes there would be more than 15-20 of us crowded in there. I remember playing the board game Trivial Pursuit with about eight of us at the table made for four, and Linnette and I losing to her brother Larry, who knew what paprika was.
“Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end, we’d sing and dance forever and a day...” (Mary Hopkins, from the 1970s.)
• We’re making new memories with Mere, Remy and friends around the dining room table, which, I might add, is considerably bigger than Ma’s table.
Mere’s friend Justin is taking to card games and dominoes like a fish to water. We can’t throw any game on the table that he doesn’t soon learn to beat us at.
We have a game called RummiCube, which is played with tiles similar to dominoes. We can’t play with Mere though. She gets violent!
Memories are made of this.
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