|My grandparents and their two sons, Guy Jr. on left, and Jimmy on right. Taken in the late 1950s (at the time of my parents' wedding).|
I've recently created a Facebook Page dedicated to my genealogical research and happily, I have at long last found the cd that has allowed me to connect my scanner to my desktop computer. Now, rather than working with a
I've been spending the bulk of this day doing just that! I've been loading photos to the Facebook page to share them with family and friends. I'm hopeful that someone may one day see a photo and have some information for me that I don't already have.
For Sepia Saturday #154, I had in mind originally, to use an image with my aunt on a dock with a sign for a private ferry in the background, but then I saw this picture and couldn't resist a little pun.
These are my grandparents, Guy Wheelock Harris and Katie Harris, and my uncles, Guy and Jimmy. I am pretty sure they must be playing Bridge, as my grandmother used to keep her mind sharp well into her 80s by working out the bridge game in the daily newspaper. I know that it can't be poker, because it is doubtful that my straight-laced Grandfather would have permitted "gambling" in the house, although I venture to say that Jimmy wouldn't have minded since, even today, he has a regular weekly poker date in his building and HE is now in HIS 80s.
My mom played Bridge in the 1970s with ladies from our church, St. Francis of Assisi, and I can remember those card tables laid out in the living room with bowls of nuts and candies to satisfy the taste buds of preoccupied minds. (It's ALWAYS the food that sticks in my mind.)
Bridge has always mystified me with its strange terms like, "rubber" and "dummy". As a kid, I thought that was pretty funny, actually. I was a fan of cards; as a toddler, my parents bought me a game of "Old Maid", but that was rather unsuccessful since every time I got the card with the "old maid", I would cry. (She was scary!) With the family, we would occasionally play, "Whist", which I believe is a little bit like Bridge, and I quite enjoyed that. I remember my dad had a paperback edition of "Hoyles Rules of Games" which I perused often for new ways to entertain myself.
When I was a kid, my girl-friend Jane and I could play "Go Fish" "War" and eventually, "Crazy Eights" 'til the cows came home! When boys came into the picture, cards rather fell by the wayside, although I did play a bit of Euchre in high school.
Now, as a middle-aged adult, I find myself going back to playing cards. I am determined to keep my brain active and lucid as long as I possibly can. I have a very obsessive nature and when I latch on to something, I can do it to the exclusion of everything else. I know what you're thinking: Me? Obsessive? Hard to believe right? Okay, you can stop laughing now.
My latest card addiction is an online game of Hearts. I have an app on my iPod and on my newest device, a fabulous, white-rimmed iPad. I started out as a rather weak player, but now I'm on the "hard" level and whupping those avatars' butts! It must be in the genes!
I'm still curious about Bridge. If I can get my husband enthused, I'd really like to learn and play it. Anyone interested in a few online rubbers?
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