Grandma Florence Conolley Dreyer
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My maternal grandmother, Florence Conolley Dreyer (married to Norman Dreyer of the banjo), used to play cards with me when I was a little girl. We'd sit at her shiny dining room table and play hours of Go Fish, Rummy, and Old Maid. Grandma had a yellow Tupperware sugar bowl full of pennies, and somehow I always left that table with handfuls of change. She has been gone for twelve years now, and I still wonder how many times she let me win.
I learned to play Solitaire from my grandmother, and I whiled away many an afternoon dealing those Bicycle cards into seven stacks and hoping that I would win. Sometimes I did, but usually not.
This week, I keep finding my daughter Georgia playing Solitaire. I taught her how to play, and when she lines up those rows of red and black, I think of Grandma and smile.
Here's a good book with lots of Solitaire games if you're interested in learning to play.
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