Quite a while ago I came upon the following essay. I don’t remember where I found it and I don’t know who wrote but I thought it would be nice to share it with you as we all are starting a new cycle of Mah Jongg with the 2014 NMJL card.
If anyone does know the origin of this piece, please let me know and I will credit the author in a future post.
In Mah Jongg, as in Life, we start with a set number of random tiles.
They line up on the rack before us, like DNA sequences and chance circumstance.
We begin to make sense of the randomness, to arrange bams together, or
notice number sequences. We make sense of what we’ve been given to start
with. We form our core “identity” and try to make sense of it.