While waiting for a few of my star students to come over today for some Mah Jongg game play, a package arrived chez moi. I didn’t remember ordering anything and I was very curious as to what this could be. The label told me that this package was from darling Donna in Central California and it made me laugh out loud:
And then I saw the return address label and laughed even more (and if anyone has orphans of this tile pictured, please let me know so that I can get them to Donna):
Opening the package I found it filled with wonderful gifts such as two Mah Jongg themed luggage tags and a yummy chocolate candy bar:
a beautiful “sun catcher” that now is twinkling from my bedroom window:
the cleverest card that I will keep forever and forever:
and then finally, the topper that brought tears and tears and tears to my eyes, a beautiful get well card from Donna, Boots, and their entire Wednesday Mah Jongg group:
I am so touched by these thoughtful and fabulous gifts – along with all of their kind words – sent to me by these wonderful and caring people. I wish I could find the right words to thank you but I don’t think there are any words that could express how I am feeling about the very special, thoughtful, and caring contents in this package. So, all I will say here is thank you a million times over to Donna and Boots – and of course, to the rest of your Wednesday Mah Jongg group. I hope you know what your gifts meant to me.
Oh, and by the way, happy birthday to Boots!!!
Our friend Boots (isn’t that the best name?!) has sent fabulous photos dating back to her early days with Mah Jongg.
Please enjoy – and much thanks to Boots for sharing these wonderful memories!
Boots wrote: In 1962, I was 31 years old and I had been playing MJ for about 10 years in Brackenridge, PA. This was the farewell game with my original group prior to my family moving to Southern California. Last Friday, at our semi-annual tournament (I won first place!) in Santa Maria, CA, we recreated the 1962 photo with “new friends”. I’m still playing at the age of almost 84 and the set is the same one that is shown in the original photo. Just imagine what tales those tiles could tell if they could only talk. Mine has been identified as a Royal Depth set. Yes, we played with the chips and settled up at the end…I think we played for $1.00 pi…still have the chips.
Here’s Boots at the farewell game in 1962:
And here’s is wonderful Boots just last Friday, playing with her “new friends” as they recreate the photo from 1962:
Please take a look at the beautiful Royal Depth Control Mah Jongg set…the very same one that Boots and her friends in 1962 were using for their game play.
Boots – thank you so much for sharing this wonderful set of memories. You are so beautiful!
Oh, and congratulations on winning FIRST PLACE at your tournament!!!
Our friend Donna in Santa Maria, California, sent me this wonderful Mah Jongg poem along with pictures from a recent flier for a Mah Jongg tournament. I had promised to post it on the blog and then somehow was sidetracked. So, although the tournament has long passed, here is the poem which should bring a smile to every Mah Jongg player’s face…