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ANOTHER HEARTWARMING STORY…

Last weekend I posted a heartwarming story on how Jan finally bonded with her mother after they started playing Mah Jongg together. I reached out to you asking for other stories on how Mah Jongg has brought about major events or moments in your lives. Gail F has responded with yet another incredibly heartwarming and beautiful message about our beloved game…be prepared – you may shed a tear or two…

Tonight was a very special night at Mah Jongg, for a number of reasons. The mother of our member Mary passed away yesterday. In her grief and sorrow she found she really needed the profound comfort, closeness, and support of her mah jongg group, so she did come and spend a couple of hours with us tonight, even winning a game. We were so glad to have her in the fold, and to know how much our love and comfort meant to her. The set we were playing with belongs to another member – Kathleen – whose grandmother worked as a private nurse to wealthy Portlanders in the early 1900s. One of her clients gifted her with this beautiful bone and bamboo set as her service to that family came to a close. Kathleen and her siblings were never even allowed to touch it as children – who could have imagined that she’d learn the game and play with it a century after it came into her family?

Tonight was a very special night at mah jongg, for a number of reasons.  The mother of our member Mary passed away yesterday.  In her grief and sorrow she found she really needed the profound comfort, closeness, and support of her mah jongg group, so she did come and spend a couple of hours with us tonight, even winning a game.  We were so glad to have her in the fold, and to know how much our love and comfort meant to her.  The set we were playing with belongs to another member - Kathleen - whose  grandmother worked as a private nurse to wealthy Portlanders in the early 1900s.  One of her clients gifted her with this beautiful bone and bamboo set as her service to that family came to a close.  Kathleen and her siblings were never even allowed to touch it as children - who could have imagined that she'd learn the game and play with it a century after it came into her family?

PORTLAND BILLIARD BALL COMPANY

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Hidden inside this innocuous box is my newest Mah Jongg acquisition – with thanks to X for alerting me to its sale on the Internet – a Mah Jongg set manufactured by the Portland Billiard Ball Company of Portland, Maine. The tiles are thin pieces of colorful plastic/celluloid glued or somehow affixed to a hard and slightly curved black base made of…well, I really don’t know what the base of the tile is – perhaps some kind of very rigid plastic or is it wood? If you know, please contact me!

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