Thursday, September 5, 2013

Around the Clock

The Jumping Bean and I have been playing card games and solving puzzles together. Being seven is a new world for both of us. When I taught JB how to play Around the Clock solitaire (also known as "clock" and "clock patience"), I remembered playing it when I was about his age.

What games do you remember from childhood? What sounds, smells, or sensations do you remember when you played them?
 
 
 
'Round the Clock
 
Twelve o'clock Three
Three o'clock Seven        Seven o'clock Nine
Nine o'clock Queen        Twelve o'clock Six
Six o'clock King
 
A Jack winks on a dirty floor
Dishes in the washpan
Snakes in the outhouse
Grandma's musty comfort
 
Eleven o'clock Ace
One o'clock Four       Four o'clock Five
Five o'clock Ten       Ten o'clock Ace
One o'clock King
 
Cards slick and
Worn dull on the edges
King to the bottom
I want to win.
Ace
 
One o'clock Nine
Nine o'clock
 
Time to go.
Put the cards away.
 
Nine o'clock eight
Eight o'clock two
Two o'clock six
 
I want to win
Almost there
 
Six o'clock king
 
"Now, Julia."
 
Cards scooped up
Spades and diamonds facing
Hearts and puppy dog feet
Or were they teddy bear feet?
 
Dashed and angry
I lost again
 
And discovered
the last ace was missing
there was no winning,
I played anyway