Listening to every heart
This week it’s my turn to host our gathering. There’ll be five players, including the bettor, from our group of seven. I’ll have to make sure there’s plenty of chips, M&Ms, and maybe some fresh fruit this time. Have to nosh while we play. I think it’s one of the rules. We’ll play several hands that night but more importantly we’ll also laugh a lot, or sometimes cry a little. We’ll share news and trivia from the week just passed, ’solve’ the world’s problems or spontaneously start uncontrolled giggling over some little thing no one else would understand.
This group of good friends is a sorority of sorts. We’ve leaned on each other through nearly every life experience. I know at times it seemed to some that this game had simply become an excuse to briefly escape our day to day routine and socialize for a bit. I think the reality is that Mah Jongg has become something bigger for the seven of us, more than a mere game . Mah Jongg means ’community’, it means ’friendship’.
In my first marriage, unity thereof was "sharing with family" and that meant...we learned how to play euchre. As does your group, we noshed, talked, flipped out our cards in high volume throws...you could hear the cards slapping against one another in quicksilver time.
The intimacy of a foursome, or even a few others over a game such as Poker, Mah Jongg, or even... Scrabble...holds to us throughout our lives.
When a youngster, there was such a game, called in family vernacular, "Marbles". Adults would sometimes attribute other names to it, more "adult" in nature. When times got rowdy, rules were changed...the boards were all "handmade" by a dad, cousin or uncle who enjoyed working with woods. And some of the boards became quite fancy, and given away as seasonal gifts. But always, the call of "Marbles, anyone?" brought several to the table, to
nosh, regale with ribald stories or tender moments...whatever was appropriate for the people at the table...
and there were times, whether with Euchre, or Marbles, that we would be fixing pancakes and eggs at 3:00 a.m., to keep the gamefest going....
Whether it be Tuesdays, or Friday nights, games bring families together.
As do words.
Welcome to our world. Bring some more with you, please. You are indeed a treasure.