Well, good morning to all. The weekend is gone and a new day has begun. I hope everyone had a great time over the weekend. I spent some time reflecting over many who were lost and grateful for all the sacrifices. It is a real eye opener to see how many people these days are more concious of the meaning of Memorial Day and I am glad to see it. Last night I was blessing to be able to get a well needing massage. Of all the medicines I can take, nothing helps as much as a deep tissue massage. It doesn't last for ever....but how worth the pain to get to the relief. After the massage, my husband and I joined our friends for a nice dinner. There was delicious food and great conversations. We discussed the city of Chicago's growth from it's beginning and how things occurred. Deep thoughts but interesting. I think as we become older, we learn to appreciate all that both we and our world go through.
Well, after all the conversation was nearing the end, I suggested we played cards. I had recently learned a fun, simple card game from my friends grandsons and thought I would share it. It is called Garbage. Now, I must tell you that when I was growing up, playing cards was just a fact of life. It was always something that we did after dinner, especially when their were guests over. When I was young, there was always a poker game going on. You would waltz out of your room with your bags of change and grab a seat around the table. My friend, who is 81 said that the same routine happened in her home when she was growing up.
Imagine my surprise when her daughter said that playing cards was an "old people" thing! She continued with telling us that people of her generation just don't play cards! I was stunned! First the "old people" remark and then the fact that their generation doesn't play cards. She is 42 years old. That is 17 years younger than me!
It made me think a bit. I know that while my children were growing up we played cards all the time. We played gin rummy, war, go fish and poker. I also play cards with my granddaughters whenever we have the opportunity. I was thinking that I can't wait to see them soon so that I could teach them this game of garbage! Was I on the wrong track? Is spending time playing cards no longer something to enjoy?
My friend asked her daughter "what do you do then"? Her response is that they go out or just talk. Hmmm. We talked though the entire game. We laughed and had a good time. It made me start to wonder whether it was a generational thing or just her and the group of friends that she goes out with. I just spent one evening last week with her and we went out painting. We talked all the way in the car while I drove out to Lake Zurich. We discussed quite a bit of historical information that I had gained on a ghost tour. Things that truly intrigued her. I felt that she was diverse in things and while we played the game of Garbage, I saw that she enjoyed it and got into it. It was such a pleasure to spend that time together. I think otherwise, she may have gone to watch tv or perhaps retired. I am so happy that it turned out the way it did. I know that my husband is also not a card playing type person. It was never part of his growing up, but here she sat with her mom who was. It left me scratching my head questioning whether games have become a thing of the past. In the 40 years I have been married, games have always been a part of our lives. From the intense thinking needed for a game of chess to board games and cards. My children and grandchildren grew up with these games and now I wonder whether the will continue. I wonder whether we need to reintroduce them to the world of games and conversation. I would love any feedback on how it is in your life and your children's or grandchildren's lives. Are they in a world where they need to stimulated by something electronic or can they learn that the art of games and conversation can be just as rewarding...in my opinion...even better.