Wednesday, March 10, 2010

bridge

dear emily,

i have to warn you about something, and i don't really
know how to say this.

so, i'm just going to blurt it out!  because you're so smart
and will want to keep your brain facile and undemented,
at my age, you will probably play, ahem, bridge.

when i was a sweet, spry, lovely thing like you, i used to
smirk at the little, old ladies with hats and  gloves looking
primly at their cards.  "that's something i will never do!"

little did i know that counting  those tricks and conniving
to win lots of points to the cheers from the  stands would
be so fun.

not to mention bridge clothes!  we only allow prada,
chanel, and versace at our table.  the butler will not
give access to any flip-flops or sweatpants.

and here's the best part:  bridge food!  some folks only
come for the cuisine, but i am a purist and have played
with a solitary glass of water. . .  while i heaped  the
dainty cucumber sandwiches, fresh veggies, and bite
sized lemon tarts upon my wedgewood plate.

so sorry for the bad news,
lea

"there is a time for everything, and a season for every
activity under heaven. . ." ecclesiastes 3:1

33 comments:

Deborah Ann said...

Girl, you are a hoot! I don't know how to play bridge, but from the sound of it, I'm missing out!

Vee said...

Bridge? I don't know anything about Bridge. What I do know is Head and Foot and Baseball. Yup, both card games. My grandmother is a card fanatic. That's probably why she's so sharp at her age. Fun post!

Julie Harward said...

Hi..Yes I love old movies and I have seen Harvey..I will have to see it again..that is so cool that your mom played the nurse! :D

Liz said...

Hahahaha! This made me laugh today. What a delight! Your description makes me want to play bridge too! Hmmmm I wonder what would happen if I toldy hubby I needed a new Versace dress to play bridge in??!! You are awesome!

Single and Sane said...

I'm so impressed that you know how to play bridge. My grandparents played, but it has skipped the last 2 - no, make that 3 - generations so no one in my family knows how to play bridge.

Congratulations on your 100+ followers!

Alicia said...

Cute!! I love all card games!! My step mom taught me how to play poker when I was in middle school..lol.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Lea!
You can email me to find out about a mosaic piece....I would love to create something for you! My email is listed in my blog profile, or on my website at www.lavenderhillstudio.com

I look forward to hearing from you!
Penny

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Ah...haven't played bridge...but do love lots of card games... and how fun to sit, visit, eat, play games with friends :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(I finally realized that I cannot leave a comment on every single post, cuz I spend way too much time! haha
...so from now on when I am doing some catch up blog reading...I will read what I have missed, but try to comment only on the most recent one. :o)

Your grandma's life story is amazing. (and thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comments...it is always fun to find your comments)

Jean said...

Sounds just like us when we play! Ha!

Jean said...

Sounds just like us when we play! Ha!

Auntie Cake said...

Too funny! My husbands gramdma tried to teach me how to play bridge. At 94, it is still her favorite game. I took her picture the other day and when I showed it to her, she was horrified. "Who is that old lady?" she asked. Sigh, I know very soon I am going to be that old lady.
Kate

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you for your kind visit to my blog! You are always welcome anytime.

~Blessings, ~Melissa ;)

Vickie said...

Thank you for your sweet reply, Lea! Yes, you are right - Matthew, Mark, Luke & John ARE the best letters!

Bridge? I know nothing of bridge! I'm learning Penuchle, tho. It's pretty fun, but give me a game of 42 or Pitch and I'm happy!

Zuzu said...

Wow. I'd better learn. The food sounds amazing. wink. :)

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

you couldn't tell me not to stop by and then expect me not to. it's like dangling chocolate in my face and telling me i can't have it. ha!

i love this old lady post. besides, you are hardly an old lady. i love your writing. i could read it all day long.

it's so sweet that your kids grew up with your best friend's kids. i'm so excited that we have friends like that! it is a major blessing.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I played heaps of bridge and other card games when I was at Uni. It is something that I relegated to my mispent youth rather than a well spent retirement.

Vicki said...

Hi Lea, what a fun post and yes, we all become the *Old Ladies* of our past...
Thanks for the comment on my story about Sarah. I've let a few tears fall for her myself over the years. But don't tell your husband how it ends yet...it's not over...
Thanks for your fun wisdom (o:

Bree said...

I love that I am finally embracing God's plan of seasons in my life! May I enjoy the ones now, look back on the ones that have past with a smiled and be excited for the ones to come :) have a blessed night! praying all is well-thank you for your prayers :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

You made me smile so very MUCH! Isn't it the truth? Things we are so SURE we won't do and or enjoy, we do. xo Lidy

Lily Lemontree said...

What a fun post!!
Just wanted to say thank you so very much for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog and always such interesting stories, you must continue to tell us more!
Hope you have a great week!

KathyB. said...

This is so true, although i do not play bridge, I am finding myself doing things or wearing clothes I said I would NEVER! Never say "never', ha ha.

Kaz and Amy said...

You are a hoot! I wish I knew how to play bridge! Very impressive. I just found your blog and love it! I'm a new follower!

amy[www.theprikazskys.com]

Sandra said...

Oh lawz...ain't this just the simple truth! All of it, every single word. I don't know how to play bridge, nor any other card game, but I do know I enjoy other sedentary projects - knitting, spinning, quilting, reading.
Life is good!

My name is PJ. said...

Bridge is so hard! There are so many rules and so many different takes on the game!

You're quite funny!

Screaming Meme said...

I love you...You are so fun! Did you see Pearl over at Screaming Meme? Come meet her...:) Have an awesome day, girly!

Linda said...

I have never been a card player, but I remember my grandmother going to play whist with her friends. They had a great time, she would take me when I was visiting her. RYC-Yes I love books about happy things. Have you ever read the Tales from Grace Chaple Inn series published by Gruidepost. They all have different authors so you have to know how to spot them in a bookstore. Once you find one it's easier. The first one is "Back Home Again" by Melody Carlson. Linda

Beth Priest said...

Aww thanks for coming by my blog! I love yours!

My name...cute? Thats funny! I guess it is kinda a fun name = ).

Oh man...you think I'll play bridge one day? we will see...

I'm a follower now!

Summer said...

Thanks for your kind words and stopping by my blog! I love your post today! Your writing is Awesome! I could read it all day!

Have a Happy Thursday
Summer :0)

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh too funny, I love the dress code!! I think I need to play some bridge :)
xoxo

Anonymous said...

The food sounds great! Could I come and just keep score or something? Ha. I love your writing. Keep us old ladies laughing.

Anne said...

Lea, thank you so much for visiting my humble blog. Yours, I must say, is wonderful! I love your old-fashioned and dainty sensibility! You make me proud to be a woman and make me want to embrace my femininity with flair!

I look forward to visiting again! God's richest blessing to you today!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

and you ARE wearing hats and glove too aren't you? I will be very dismayed to learn that have forgotten about the lovely habit of hats and gloves when playing a lady like game of bridge.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

PS: I haven't played bridge since college, over thirty years ago. We used to play at football games. Our football team wasn't very good.