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Playing Mah Jongg with FAMILY

Do you play Mah Jongg with Family?

Do you play Mah Jongg with your family? Well, you are NOT ALONE!

Mah Jongg not only brings friends together, but families too. We asked our Facebook Friends to share their warm stories and memories of playing with family, and this is what we got. Turns out there are a lot of people out there who play with family!

Michelle L: When I first learned to play MJ, in 2013, I became addicted instantly. The only problem was that I had no one to play with. Getting my friends together for a game was always too difficult because we are constantly juggling our kids and shuttling them between activities.
Luckily for me, my mother in law had started playing. She has two close cousins who are players of 40-plus years. So we got together in NY for a Mah Jongg marathon weekend. We all slept over and played from sunrise to midnight. 96 games in one weekend. Bliss!
We get together frequently to play, even though we aren’t all in NY. And we now know to stretch between games!!

Esther S: The youngest is Great granddaughter Emily. Next is Granddaughter Terry, then comes mother, Esther, and the most important is Bubbe Sylvia at 100 years old. And still going strong.

Terry, my daughter, plays on her grandmothers set which was purchased in 1940. Terry also uses my set from 1964. I use the table I bought from you (Where The Winds Blow). The youngest, Emily, has a knack for the game. Terry now runs tournaments in Connecticut. She has two close cousins who are players of 40-plus years. So we got together in NY for a Mah Jongg marathon weekend. We all slept over and played from sunrise to midnight. 96 games in one weekend. Bliss! We get together frequently to play, even though we aren’t all in NY. And we now know to stretch between games!!

Jeri S: Yes, my husband. It was a god-send because he had throat and neck cancer, was having two radiation treatments a day(!) and a chemo treatment once a week for two months. We lived across the street from the hospital in a one room apt (the most terrible two months of my life and I was just the caretaker; and Mah Jongg carried us through. He passed away a few months after that, but I will always remember.

Leon L: Been playing Mah Jongg for last 50 odd years. Last 45 years with my wife. Gave her 2 conditions to marry me:
1. Get her driving license
2. Learn to play Mah Jongg
When my eldest daughter was born she was drawn into the game, That seeped down to her 2 daughters
We play every week except for the grand children who are still at school. My daughter is the strongest decimating us usually ever week. When her daughters play they beat their mom. I run Mah Jong SA (South Africa) so we have a weekly meeting twice a week on Monday’s social and Thursdays year Kong competition.

Barbara T: I taught my 8-year old grandson and 7-year old granddaughter. My husband learned so he could play with us. I was taught by my mother, grandmother and aunts.

Gail L: I taught my 25-yr old son to play Siamese—now I never win. My mom taught me and my friends a few years back. She never played when I was growing up. My sister now plays and when we visit mom in FL, we play a few times together. Our politics are unfortunately very far apart, but Mah brings us some good times!

Phyl R: I taught my sister, 2 sisters-in-law and a cousin. My sister moved to Florida and now plays 14 tile – but she plays weekly and calls me often with questions about rules. one SIL plays weekly and has become a very good player. Unfortunately, the other SIL passed away. My cousin never quite got it and doesn’t play. I love playing with family.

Mindi S: I’ve played with my mom and her group when visiting her in CA! She’s played with me and both of my groups when she’s visited me in S.A.

Beth K: I love playing with my mom and her friends – she’s the matriarch— and the big winner!

Donna E: I play with my husband all the time and sometimes with daughter and son in law

Helaine B: I taught my daughter and granddaughter last month when they finally asked me!!! We need more Maj time together! Can’t wait!!!

Carolyn B: I want to teach my daughter when she is home for Winter Break from college.

Jo Anna F: Oh YES! I introduced my son in law to the game about 4-5 years ago. He loved it. Now he has created the BEST online site to play Mah Jongg ever. If you haven’t tried it, PLEASE do! Great for beginners and experienced players. Play with the “robots” that way you can play super-fast or if you are a beginner- as slow as you need! His website is myjongg.net….ENJOY!

Robin K: I played with my Mom and her group for many years when she lived in Arizona. When she no longer wanted to venture out, she and I played against each other. I still use her set in my weekly game. Tomorrow is 5 years since she passed.

Cherry K: I taught my son and granddaughter (age 11) how to play. They love it!

Janet W: My mother has played since I was VERY little. I finally picked up the game 9 years ago, and we play together all the time. This past year we were written up in the Hennepin County History Museum’s quarterly magazine. So fun! I’m sorry I can’t find the link

Mary S: I play twice a month with a group of friends who were friends first then learned from one of them. This has been going on and off for about 30 years.

Liz M: Play regularly with my grandchildren whom I have taught. In West Australia

Paige G: I learned from my mother and play occasionally with mother in law

Becky D: I play with my daughter. We are teaching her friends and exchange students!

Aviva W: Yes, with my mother. Many times, but she prefers bridge.

Carol M: My daughter & I play every Wednesday evening & my sis & I play every time we are together

Jo C: I play with my daughter and 2 other friends every Thursday night!! Highlight of my week!!

Barbara M: I’d love to play w my daughter. When I see her next well try to get a game together. Sounds like fun.

Teddy L: I play with my daughter and her two friends. Love it – they are great players!

Con K: I learned from my Mom and Grandmother

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed and shared their stories!

The Where The Winds Blow Team