Practicing for the Playground
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. –G.K. Chesterton
Mount St. Joseph, October 18th and November 15th. They were in the game room waiting for us after Mass. About a dozen residents sat patiently in their chairs, both wheeled and otherwise. Pokeno, Scrabble, playing cards, puzzles, and checkers were laid out in readiness.
My particular game partner invited me to a card game of “Parcheesi”. Confessing I didn’t know the rules, she explained patiently until my 7-year-old child and I understood. It was enjoyable and required some strategy, and an hour later, ended too soon. Curious about the name of the card game (Parcheesi being a board game), I later queried my card-playing family and friends. How pleasantly surprised I was to find that our game partner had flawlessly taught us how to play Rummy 500, even though she could not recall the name of the game!
Two of our talented teenaged MARCHers provided background music, to the delight of several residents.
Our morning had begun with Mass in the nursing home’s chapel. We chatted after Mass with Deacon Steve and Sisters Loretta and Clare, while the pianists shared their gift of music. Sister Loretta made fast friends with our youngest children!
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