Cards were his true love!
Oh--He loved Mother and he loved his children but for whatever reason he loved cards more! Cards were his true passion. We had a summer home at the beach. This was my passion. Father lost it one night to cards.
Mother always made sure after this "incident" that we would spend at least a month every summer in a rental cottage at the beach! Grand Ma Ma & Grand Pa Pa would drive down daily with baskets full of fresh veggies from their garden!
We would walk along the sand dunes and pick beach plums. Grand Ma Ma would take them home with her and make marvelous Beach Plum Jelly. She jarred it. I loved opening up a jar during the winter and being reminded that it wouldn't be to long before Mother would be renting another cottage. Grand Ma Ma & Pa Pa liked to play cards. Penny-Ennie! A simple game that I loved playing with them! Nothing like the cards that Father worshipped. I seldom saw my Father-he owned liquor stores, he worked a lot, and he played cards. POKER.
Father was a gambler.
Mother. I adored her!