4 Jun 2015


Letter : C

My father never played with me when I was a little girl, at least I can't remember. He always sat there with his Newspaper in front of his nose and glanced from time to time to see what I was doing.

As soon as I was old enough he taught me chess. I learned rather quickly and then we would play together.

I am a spontaneous player and don't think very long which figure I have to move, while he was thinking and thinking about the next move.

So while I did my move in no time, he sat there and calculated and calculated. Finally I got bored and took a book and read while he was still pondering about the next move. The fact that I was reading bothered him very much and he got angry and told me to think harder ! I didn't want to think hard, I moved my figure just like that like a professional gambler.

The worst was that I mostly won, and that he didn't like at all. He was a very bad looser and got angry. He told me that I can't play and that I am not serious at all. I didn't care, I let him think, read my book and so it continued.

When I won too many times he got fed up and didn't want to play anymore. Good for me, because I started to find this game rather boring at least with a partner like that !

Now it's a long time I haven't played chess anymore, but it's still a game I like.

No way !

Jenny Matlock
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janzi said...

YOu described exactly how it was, when my new husband tried to teach me how to play. I am much more spontaneous, and he got very annoyed that it took so little time for me to make a move.. However, I didnt win, and time and time again had to accede,so then I felt murderous and decided that was not a good feeling to have with a new husband!! So we stopped and I have never played again.. I loved to read that post, it was fun to read. Thank you for sharing.. you are part of my blog list anyway, so I wish y ou a happy day today and many more of them.. Jeannine

Mara said...

I have never played chess. A bit of checkers, but never chess. Neither of my parents played (as far as I know anyway), so I was never taught.

Sarah Beth said...

I am not much of a strategist so I'm definitely not a chess player! But my hubby plays chess online and even goes to chess club to meet up with other local players! Even my 9 year old granddaughter knows how to play!

Betty said...

My father always played to win. My mother said it didn't matter if the game was Candy Land and we ended up crying when we lost. He liked to win!

carol l mckenna said...

What a great post for C ~ delightful story you share and fun cartoon ~ very creative!

Happy Weekend coming to you,
artmusedog and carol

peppylady (Dora) said...

I can play chess and I'm far from a wiz at it. I don't even recall who taught me.
I even start to make my self a chess set which are Cowboys and Indians.

Our family thing was cribbage.

Coffee is on

pattisjarrett said...

Fun post and cartoon. My brother tried to teach me, but he always won. Not much fun in that!

Wandering Wren said...

ohhhh I know it's like Scrabble players that take forever to make a decision, I would rather put a 3 letter word down than wait 5 mins for a 4 letter one! But maybe that's why us women get so more more done in life?
Good C letter Gattina!
Wren x

Lmkazmierczak said...

Bought a nice marble set that just sits....my kids play with hubby when they come to visit..though we like to play all sorts of board games as a family; Monopoly, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Chinese checkers and Scrabble all come out♪

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your dad sounds like the older brother. I played like you in chess, but could never win him. But, the game of strategy. Ah ha! I won all the time. He hated that so we always played chess. I didn't mind losing because I got to play with the older brother. :-)
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

No chess, but my dad and mom taught us to play Scrabble from a young age.

Jenny said...

Loved the cute cartoon at the end.

This was such a neat post. I can visualize the games!

I was never good at chess...UNO is more my style!

Thanks for a cool link for the letter C.