Letter from a Player

New Club Master taught her very young sons to play bridge.
March, 2021
By Judy Halstead

My sons, the 2020 Covid pandemic and my bridge story (so far):

In 1970, I learned just a bit about bridge from other students in my freshman dorm. However, I quickly decided that serious Chemistry and Math study and a commitment to bridge weren't compatible as an undergraduate – at least not for me. In graduate school, I played bridge for several months but then not really play again until about 2016 or 2017 when I joined ACBL. In the early 1990s, as a single parent I did teach my 2 young sons a bit about the game I missed. I do mean very young sons – about 4 or 5 years old and 7 or 8 years old, respectively. How we managed with the three of us I won't go into.

My great joy in recent months is that those two sons (now 32 and 35 years old ) really do play bridge and today, aka specifically March 7, 2021, I believe they both joined ACBL. In 2020, the pandemic hit us all and my husband and I really missed family. My daughters–in–laws, sons, and, to a lesser extent, the boys' stepdad and I all play various games and as the holidays approached, we struggled to find ways for the six of us to connect on–line from 3 different states. About Christmas 2020, my two sons and I asked my regular bridge partner to play bridge with us on BBO and we have been playing somewhat regularly since. It's so great that today (March 7th), the same week that I received my modest club master status, both of my sons joined ACBL!!! It has been so much fun playing with them and I am learning so much more as we chat about bridge as a way of staying in touch.

Best wishes to all,
Judy Halstead


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