Our son Will and his girlfriend Laurel have invited us some 600 miles south to Richmond, Virginia for Thanksgiving. In their home, they make turkey day with all the usual suspects: sweet potatoes with pecans, brussel sprouts with cranberries, stuffing, both with and without sausage, tossed salad, candied carrots, corn casserole, biscuits, and one big bird.
Then we bring the gift that, like Wonder Bread, builds strong families: a deck of Rook cards to play Mormon Bridge. This easy-to-learn game combines some strategy and a decent amount of luck so that everyone has a chance to win.
It’s a game with whoops of surprise and groans of “oh no’s” when one trumps another’s card. The game comes with a surprise ending that Hannah and I will show you when we next get together for Mormon Bridge.