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Just Like The Old Days

August 28, 2010 - Al Stephenson

My sister, my brother and his wife, as well as my son just left for home after we spent an old fashioned day together.  They arrived at 2:00 this afternoon for a day of playing cards.  Some seven hours later, we called it a day - and what a good one it was.

Geez, we used to play cards all the time growing up.  It was commonplace to head to an aunt or uncle's house.  The adults would play cards while the kids played croquet, ping pong or some other entertaining activity.  As we got older we joined in the card playing.  It was good old fashioned family fun.  Somewhere along the way, we got too busy.  We didn't have time for family get togethers and we are poorer for it.

I'm not going to suggest that we should return to the good old days.  Times have changed.  We have computers and cell phones.  Each family member is likely to have his own car and we have too many other things to do.  Sitting down to play cards is not paramount on our "to do" lists.

I might suggest however, that we make some time to gather with relatives for a few games of euchre or pinochle or whatever your family likes to play.  We played both today and it was fun to talk and laugh.  So many memories were evoked as we chatted about our parents and the days of yesteryear.  We never once turned on the TV, so whatever was happening in the outside world was of little concern to us, at least for several hours.

The view from my seat would suggest that people need to make time for days like this one.  Relaxing with family and friends is important.  Call up some people and get together for cards and fraternity.  You will be glad you did.



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