Five Dice Starry Nights
DescriptionAs far as I remember, my parents liked to go out at night many times a week.
I was about 6 or 8 years old then, so couldn't be home alone, but didn't have a nanny either.
So when they were out, I slept at my grandma's.
My grandmother lost too many people during the war and maybe that’s why she could be a little bit moody and resentful at times.
But not with me.
She was always kind, took care of me with great affection and treated me like a prince when I was sleeping over at her house. First, she cooked me a delicious meal. Then dinner came out and dice came in. She was not in the habit of watching TV so we spent hours playing Yam until I got sleepy.
Yam, Yahtzee, Yatzy, Kniffel, General or simply 'dadinhos' (little dice in Portuguese) is a clever adaptation of a poker game using common dice.
At that time, I didn't realize how important that was to both of us. Grandma and grandson, keeping each other company, to the sound of five dice rattling in a glass cup.