My wife has played bridge as her primary social interaction for several years
at the Birmingham Duplicate Bridge Club. For the past several months, she
has been struggling with a still undiagnosed neurologic illness of progressive
weakness to the point that she is unable to turn cards or use a bidding box
and has essentially been homebound. When our friends found out that
my wife was capable of sitting through a round of bridge, they had the
initiative to pull cards and bids for her as she would indicate. The members
of the BDBC rapidly filled a roster of volunteers to give up their Sunday
afternoons to assist my wife and immediately had filled the next three
months with volunteers for the Sunday afternoon game.
We would like to commend them for this profound kindness. When my wife first
convinced me to start playing duplicate club bridge with her, I told her I felt this
was an unusual subculture, but I now know it is a caring community. Our thanks to all.