The Rubber Game

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog called Beautiful Lies.  In it I refer to a friend that I visit each week in the nursing home.  I will call him RR.  I walked into his room one day and introduced myself and asked if he would like some company.  He was open to it and turned out to be a very personable man.  We swapped stories and very soon found ourselves talking as if we had known each other for years.

“Do you play cribbage” he asked.

“Yes” I said, “but it has been years.  I’m game to play though, if you will help me score”.

 And so it began. Each week when I would arrive, we would drag out the board and play a rubber of three games.  I never remember winning more then one game and never a rubber.  But it didn’t make any difference.  I think we both enjoyed our time together, regardless of the outcome.  I know I did.

I also got to meet some of his family, among them, a wife full of love and life.  She was one of those people that you meet that become instant friends.  But I must say, all of his family were devoted to each other, as you wish all families could be.  The bond was palpable.

RR left us a few days ago, and I lost again.  But more importantly, RR has won.   I wish you luck RR.  May your next hand be less painful then the one you just played.  I will miss the quiet courage you displayed, your attitude in the face of adversity, and the twinkle in your heart. You were a hard guy to beat but an easy guy to like.  Goodbye my friend.

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About oldmainer

I am retired and live in southern Maine with my wife and two dogs. I started Oldmainer .wordpress.com as an outlet for my occasional opinions and random observations, with some poetry thrown in. I welcome anyone that wants to kick back and join me here on the porch, exploring all the gifts we have been given and the memories collected. Thanks for stopping by.
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