Saturday, March 29, 2014

Slower & Simpler - Sharing Solitaire

A simple pleasure this weekend - teaching my grandsons how to play solitaire - Klondike, to be exact. Yes, with actual cards (archaic, I know).  

I remember when I learned to play it as a child.  What a special day to pass it on to our next generation.

Simple but memorable for all involved.

"Learning how to play solitaire is a great way to pass the time and is an easy hobby to learn at any age. Solitaire, perhaps derived from the word “solitary“, is the name given to any variation of a number of card games that can be played alone. These games can vary greatly in the complexity and the concentration level required. They are, in general, an enjoyably diverting way to pass the time.

In most cases, when learning how to play solitaire, the game involves arranging the cards in a certain way on a flat surface, then returning them to a certain prescribed order without breaking the rules of the game. The rules can be greatly simplified for younger hobbyists; they can also be made more difficult for more advanced players.

The History Of Solitaire

Solitaire is said to have originated in Germany some 300 years ago where it was referred to by its more sociable name of “Patience.” In its beginning days it was used as a method of determining what kinds of things one should embark on in his near future. If a man was able to win a game of Patience or Solitaire within his first few tries, luck was said to be with him, and his endeavors were sure to work out in his favor.

Learning how to play solitaire began to gain more widespread attention and popularity in France in the early 1800’s. Napoleon knew how to play Solitaire and it is said that the great Emperor himself played the game while in exile. Solitaire soon moved across the English Channel and, as the French taught the English how to play Solitaire, it lodged itself firmly into English culture. From there, the English taught the Americans how to play Solitaire and it soon moved on from the United States and spread quickly around the world." solitaire. 

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