Another page done for my Book of Me - a page about an important heirloom that I have been lucky enough to have passed onto me.
My parental grandparents led very interesting lives living and working in Shanghai, China from 1924 until 1937. My Grandparents were British but moved to Shanghai when my Grandpop got a job working for the Shanghai Police Force and my Nana worked for the British High Commission. During their many years in Shanghai they both developed a life long love for the game of Mah Jong and played it regularly. They planned to live in Shanghai for the forseeable future and my Father and Uncle were born there, however life took a dramatic turn when the the Japanese over ran Shanghai and all foreigners had to get out fast, my Grandparents got out on the last boat and made their way to live and work in India. One of the precious items they managed to take with them was the family Mah Jong set.
Luck was not on their side and unfortunately they had to make another decision about where to live when India went through Partition (the division of British India into Pakistan, Bangladesh & India) in 1947 and they chose New Zealand as their final place to live out their days.
They continued to love Mah Jong and as a small child I remember them playing regularly with my Mother and Father well into the night. I was taught to play in my teens and played regularly with my parents and husband - many happy nights of laughter and conversation.
The set was passed to me some years ago and I am now the 3rd generation to own and love this set. Late last year we decided our son was old enough to learn to play and he has taken to it like a duck to water and often beats us adults - something his Grandmother is very proud of. He will be the 4th generation to own this set when its his time to have the set passed onto him and I hope he shares all the fun and laughter by teaching his children how to play and spending time as a family around the table, playing, laughing and enjoying each others company.
Do you have any important stories about the things you treasure you need to record in your BOM - if so there is no time like the present!!!.
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