Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Memory Lane

Well, I don't know it for an absolute fact, but I'd be willing to bet that Hallmark no longer makes bridge tablecloths. I KNOW that if they did, they definitely wouldn't be 65 cents!!

I found 3 of these same table covers the other day, still new in their packages, and can't get over the gorgeous colors. Neon before the neon craze came and went. Psychedelic, even.

Since I'm prone to fits of nostalgia, these brought back loads of memories of my parents playing bridge with family friends back in the 70's. We lived in Naples, Italy, and they'd get together with the "K's" for cards. I'd get to run around and play with their 3 children. There are great photos of me celebrating my 9th birthday with them- wearing my ultracool, super stiff dark denim Levis with the red tag.


I've never played bridge, and I probably never will. Who plays it now? Is it a generational game that will one day go the way of pinochle? I do love to play cards, though. Nothing like sitting down with friends or family for a fun night of spades or cribbage, hearts, or rummy. Or Go Fish, as is most often the case these days.


In any case, those fond childhood memories are probably what fuels my love for all things "bridge-y"... the card table cloths with the side ties and embroidered suits, the double decks and cool designs of the playing cards, the decorative tallies and note pads. Is it just me, or were things way simpler back then?


CelticKnot said...

Way cool! Both the tablecloth and the fact that you lived in Naples, Italy. :-)

It's funny, hubby and I were playing cards yesterday. Not bridge (which I have no clue how to play, unfortunately), but German Whist, a new game to us. It's fun! Like Spades, but for two people.

Marie said...

I agree with Kristine; "Way cool that you lived in Naples, Italy". My grandmother still gets together with her friends and plays bridge. Never learned it myself but I like Euchre ~ it's my fav card game.

My grandmother also plays a card game called Hand and Foot...have no idea what it is...maybe I'll have to get her to show me...have you ever heard of Hand and Foot?

Ribbons Undone said...

What a lovely post. Naples, Italy? Wow--was your father in the military--I know you said you lived all over. I bet you have beautiful fond memories of Italy. I have always wanted to go there and probably never will. Oh well, I can always watch Roman Holiday, right?

Ribbons Undone said...

BTW My kids love Uno. I bet Sophie is old enough to be playing that now. You can spice up your evenings playing Go Fish with a little Uno as well!