Secret to Marriage Lasting For 66 Years With A Gin Rummy Card Game!

I was fortunate and blessed to have two amazing in-laws, who loved me as a daughter, not a daughter-in-law! And I loved them as another set of loving and remarkable parents.

I loved Joe Glazov the moment I met in in the summer of  1965. Papa Joe, as he was called by all the grandchildren and children was a Blue/Orange Brainer. He always told you how much he loved you, with a twinkle in his blue-gray eyes, and was always ready to have fun. Grandma Lil, as she was called by all the grandchildren and children was a Green/Yellow Brainer. I loved her because she NEVER was a meddling mother-in-law, and generously shared her knowledge about every facet of life, in a thoughtful manner. She was not the “Busybody” I wrote about in my blog post, yesterday.

Grandma Lil and Papa Joe were married for 66 years and had a life-long running Gin Rummy Card Game. They played Gin just for fun, waiting for and riding on airplanes, and for spending memorable times with their grandchildren. This year one, of my Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, resolutions was to continue the Glazov Gin Rummy Tradition.

Monday, night after dinner I placed a beautiful antique leather card case, which was monogrammed with a “N” for Newman and belonged to my parents, on the kitchen table. Next, I told my husband I wanted to play Gin the way Grandma Lil and Papa Joe did. Jordan chuckled and said he loved the idea!

I am not a card player and needed to learn the Gin Rummy rules. When I asked Jordan a question about “calling” he jokingly replied, “Look it up in the dictionary.” We both laughed because that was always Grandma Lil’s “Green Brain“answer when Jordan was youngster and didn’t know an answer. Of course, then we discussed how the other Brain Colors would answer questions, when someone wanted to learn how to do something, including Gin Rummy.

Yellow Brainers would give you detailed instructions about how to play the game correctly according to the rules.

Blue Brainer would offer to help you and tell you to show them you had so you could visually understand how to play the game.

Green Brainers would tell you, as Grandma Lil did, to look it up in the dictionary or on the Internet.

Orange Brainers would say, you don’t need to know all the ruled,  let’s have fun and I’ll teach you as we play the game.

Jordan and I had so much Orange Brain Fun competing with one another to win. However I lost 4 games to 1, but I won with lots of laughter, joyful memories, and a wonderful time continuing the Glazov Gin Rummy Tradition!

What Orange Brain Fun Family Traditions do you enjoy?

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  1. Karen Hanrahan on September 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    oh my gosh i love gin rummy!! I want to play!!

    • sheila on October 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Karen, I didn’t know you were a Rummy player. My goal is to be as skillful as Grandma Lil was! We’ll have to bring a deck of cards for our nex visit!

  2. michael r. evans on September 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Lil Glazov will always live in my memories when she inspired me to design a tattoo, that I never got . It is a big red delicious apple with a psychedelic green worm with blood shot eyes coming out he front of the aple and at the top right side of the apple it said BAD! Loved that woman! Love to all the GLAZOV’S!

    • sheila on October 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Michael, thank you for your memory of Grandma Lil. I am not sure how she would feel about being an inspriration for your pschedelic “BAD” tatoo. Love, back to you and the Evans Family!

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