Friday, November 5, 2010

Set Back

Mother was very fond of playing cards and learned as a child playing with her brothers.  The Leo Bernhardt clan was always been fond of playing the card game, Set Back.  With much work to be done on the farm, there was little time to enjoy such a passive past time, except for Sunday afternoons.  Of course, Sunday mornings were spent at St Paul’s since the Bernhardts were loyal Lutherans, however, on Sunday afternoon, which is traditionally a day of rest with no working, dancing, or card playing, Leo let the rules slip a little, and the boys and Ruth would sit down with their Father for a rousing game of Set Back.  Leo was known for his skill at bluffing.  His style of play belied the southern gentleman that he was.  The children vied to be his partner since he was seldom bested.  One child, however, was excluded from the game, for their chore was to sit on the porch to look out for the preacher lest the family be caught enjoying the Sabbath a little too vigorously.  The preacher was known to drop in unannounced at one of his parishioner’s homes for Sunday supper each week.  At first signs of dust from any vehicle cresting the hill, the cards would be swept away, hidden in the desk drawer, and an innocent discussion of the weather would ensue.

Memories of Ruth Brown Bernhardt Miller

As remembered by Elizabeth Gail Miller and Karen Miller McConnell

No comments: