For a courtship that happened over a deck of cards....
Every day they would meet in the school cafeteria, with several other friends from their church, and these two would eat their lunch, and talk with their friends, and laugh at each other and in the final moments before time to head off to class they would play a card game called Speed.
He would deal out the cards and lay out the board, and she would get ready, one hand ready to flip cards and one hand holding the 5 allowed at one time, and eyes poised on the board, anticipating a win. He would do the same, only, of course, he would fear to lose.
On that first day, they played for best 3 of 5 hands. Back and forth it went, taking all five rounds, until probably she was declared the winner. And then being a boy, he challenged her to best 5 of 7, to finish up the next day because there was the bell and time for class.
And so the next day came and the game was played and he somehow pulled off a victory. And being a gentleman and not wanting to crush this sweet girl, and probably because secretly he enjoyed this time with her but she didn't realize that motivation yet, he allowed to extend the tournament to best 7 of 9, which this time she won.
Day after day, week after week this went on. Back and forth, back and forth. First she won a round, and then he won, and neither one wanting it to be over and certainly neither one willing to admit defeat, the tournament extended for three months.
And eventually, at a birthday party for mutual friends, the boy and the girl finished the tournament with 150 games played and a final score of something like 78 to 72 or maybe 76 to 74 or really who knows anymore, because the thing of it is, at that birthday party the boy finally had an opportune moment to ask the girl to be his girlfriend, and the girl finally realized that there was more at stake here than just a card game and so she said yes, and in that moment they both knew that two could win at this game.
And the boy and the girl rode off into the sunset and lived happily ever after, playing cards all along the way.
Do you have a favorite card game? Or do you and your significant other have a favorite (family friendly!) pass time? Let's hear it!