We press on, hoping that one day we will have a Mitchell movement again, that old players will return and that things will get back to normal.

Bridge can be a constant in a world of uncertainty. Comfort lies in knowing that we can go to a familiar room with square tables, bidding boxes, table mats to give directions and boards that have 52 cards in them divided equally into four neat slots.

That we can open our hands and find 13 cards divided into four suits, that we can select a green pass card or a card with a specific bid on it and that the afternoon will unfold from there.

I moved last week from my husband’s family home place of almost 100 years. I had spent five months packing up and preparing for this move that I knew was the right thing to do, I knew it was the right thing to do.

Nonetheless, I had a much harder time with the whole process than I ever expected to.

People who don’t understand about bridge might think that I was crazy to play the game on both the day before I moved and the day after I moved.

For me, the game provided an escape, a sense of normalcy and a chance to be with friends instead of boxes.

I am beginning to understand why players come to the game lugging oxygen tanks, straight from chemotherapy, straight from cataract surgery or a colonoscopy, very soon after they bury a loved one.

I should have listened to Mabel Edmonson, Betty Wilkins and Libba Sutton, who never made doctor’s appointments on Monday or Thursday and advised people not to have funerals on those days.

Al Takemoto distinguished himself last week by doubling his own partner. But then he and Tommy Franklin had a good game last Monday to end up with six silver points at the game, so he redeemed himself.

Maureen Prys got enough silver points to reach the level of regional master last week.

Mary Emma Stevens said Monday, “We won’t even be on the bottom today. We will be on the next page.” Everybody loved that. We have all been on the next page.

We celebrated Tommy Franklin’s birthday Monday with a cake, his favorite, chocolate on chocolate.

We are beginning to discuss the possibility of having a Christmas party after a two-year hiatus. Bill Warren suggested that we make it a novice game, pairing newer players with more experienced ones. It would be a fun afternoon of bridge and supper.

Let me know what you think of this plan. We need a commitment from at least 40 people to go forward with this idea.

Lessons will begin in late September. Stay tuned.

Thursday’s winners: first, Al Takemoto and Tommy Franklin; second, Gyl Olaffson and Inga Eindisdottir; third, Lib Braswell and Linda Watson; fourth (tie) Judy and John Haverkamp and sherry Owens and Shelby Bizzell. C — third, Mona McConnaughey and Maureen Prys.

Monday’s results: first, Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett; second, Joe Hatch and Al Takemoto; third, Peggy Womble and Carole Ray; fourth, Linda Greenwood and Pat Keim. B — fourth, Thurston Greenwood and Bob Harding.

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