Dresden Duplicate Club meets

Dresden Duplicate Club meets

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:01 pm
By: Toni Pritchett

By Toni Pritchett

Dresden Duplicate Bridge Club met last week and had four and a half tables of 14 beautiful ladies and five handsome men. (All excellent bridge players)

Lots of food on the treat table.  Chocolate raisin cookies, out-of-this world chicken salad, celery and carrott sticks. Lucy Bogue really came through with pecan pie cake (pie in a cake batter). If you need an excuse to go on a diet come and play bridge. Then the hot Mexican cornbread and pimento cheese helps with the poundage

Winners were first Jack Bogue and William Atchison (Paris), second Freddye Oliver and Toni Pritchett, and third and fourth Tom Beard, Sarah Pentecost, Bob Sanner and Sharon Fields.

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams was the second First Lady, Abigail Smith Adams. She also had another, happier distinction.  She was the only first Lady who became the mother of a president..(until the Bush administrations).

Abigail and John dated for three years when she was only 17 and they married three years later. She was 20, and he 29. From the time they were married, he was gone all the time.  First it was Philadelphia where he served in the First and Second Continental Congress. Then there was Europe as commisoner to France. Then with Benjamen Franklin and John Jay as negotiator of Paris peace treaty. She finally went to London with him as he was first Minister to Great Britian.

While John was away, she managed the  household, ran the huge farm saw to their four children and their education and handled the family finances and expanded them. She was very smart and educated herself and John regarded her as his intellectual peer. At one time, he had been gone for so long and she had not heard from him for months. Her loneliness became excruciating.  

She finally wrote to ask if her husband could have changed hearts with some frozen Laplander (Regions of N Europe, Norway, Sweden & Finland)  He had not definitely. It was just that mail was difficult at that time. He often listened to her thoughts and ideas, he loved her intelligence, amazed and impressed by what she said about women. He often called her “Saucy”. Her demands were mainly legal and educational. She desired women’s legal existence and protection against  abusive husbands and for equal education. To be continued

wcp 2/15/11

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