I had this favorite game of cards come back into my life this last week. I used to play it a lot as a kid and teenager. Then boys, husbands, kids and Foxtel happened and the game was relegated to camping trips and blackouts.
It's a great game. Strawb and I are the champions at it.
My son #2 has just taught his girlfriend to play it, and last week we introduced her to the giddy heights of a doubles game.
It got me thinking however, how this game resembles life at times.
Here is my version of life according to the rules of Canasta.
- Canasta may be played with 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 players but is best fun played with four persons as a partnership game.
- Yep, just like life. 2 players is the most stable game, 3 can be fun, 4 as partners comes with a lot more rules, and 5 & 6 players just gets messy.
- We all have to play life with the same deck of cards, but sometimes its fun to play with the jokers
- Like life, we get dealt the cards in a set order. We can't change the cards we get dealt - this isn't poker - and so we must be clever with what we have.
- The lesson here is that you get more with when you only play with 2 people, but a threesome could be a good compromise.
- Isn't this what life is? Gathering the most you can before you die!
- Pays to keep some things to yourself - the element of surprise is always good.
- Lesson here is not to play with just the wild boys. They are OK for a bit of fun, but you can't settle down with them.
- Going out is the whole purpose of the game. Just ask any teenager!
- Enough said ;-)
- Sad but true - when life has run out of cards for you, the game is over.
- Cold shoulders, freezing out players - all has a similar effect.
- So glad I found the good cards early on in the game, its a hard game knowing what to keep and what to discard. Ask any dating agency.
- Probably only score the points with fellow players, not your partner.
- Especially if you are playing a partnership game.