Q is for Queen.
Pretty good hand, depending on the game. Not so good in 500 or Euchre, but great for Rummy. Card games were the focus of my family's sociability. I can't actually remember first learning to play, although it was a process to teach me how to hold my cards properly and get good enough to be expected to play. I liked a fast game of Euchre, and got to be a pretty good 500 player. Some evenings, especially when it was just Granny and my parents, and I was the mandatory fourth, I would intentionally throw the game in sheer irritation and obstinacy. Which brought on later retaliation from both. But with a lot of aunts and uncles and cousins around, and not having to play, I enjoyed the games and relished my competence - as well as being treated as an equal.
When my oldest brother married a suburban girl, my parents and brother attended a barbeque at the in-laws house. Lots of people, and a game of cards. So, I wanted to play. What I didn't know was that it was a betting game - like rummy, but with real money. So when I was given the 50¢ ante, I figured at the end of the game, it would be returned, just like the rubber counters and pennies we used at home. When the quarters were lost, and would not be given back, I felt cheated, a victim of theft. Probably a very cheap way to poison my mind against gambling, at the age of seven, a lesson not to be forgotten. I also deeply resented that I was so easily given that money for such a stupid reason, but couldn't just have been given it for my own use, as I saw fit. All seemed terribly wrong.
Solitaire, several versions that I know, kept me calm and occupied through much of my time in the Army. Soothing and meditative. I love the feel of the cards. One of the packs sent To Any Soldier was from a casino, with a neat hole in the middle. Great pack of cards, like it was made of cotton, a pleasure just to shuffle. I can sometimes tell when I'm very stressed, because I will play solitaire almost compulsively.
Seems a shame that my group of friends doesn't play card games like that. Sometimes I miss the almost ceremonial sense of the game, the structure around the randomness, the speed of a fast game with good players spooling out the odds for the fun of it.