Wistful for Whist
February 11, 2011 10 Comments
My grandparents used to play a card game called Canasta. They hosted Canasta parties one night a week. As a kid, I enjoyed being at their house, with all their friends, and substituting in for someone who needed a partner.
I never knew anyone else who played the game. And I haven’t played Canasta since those days when I was eight or ten years old. It was kind of strange that the only card game I really knew was a game no one else had even heard of.
Of course, I eventually learned other card games. But one game I’ve never played and have never known others to play is the game of Whist. I first heard of Whist reading a biography of my favorite American President, Theodore Roosevelt. He played Whist. Knowing him, I’m convinced it must be a card game worth playing. So, though I’ve never played, I am sort of “wistful for Whist.”
A little Googling reveals that there are Whist games for play on the internet, and software versions of the game. I’d like to know whether any of my readers:
- have heard of Whist;
- have played Whist;
- like the game of Whist;
- have a favorite card game other than Whist;
- have played Whist online;
- have played a software version of Whist;
- have played Canasta.