Daily Prompt: Snap

Snap

Snap! what a word with a meaning or no meaning. What immediately came to my mind was a scene many years ago, playing with a schoolfriend, even younger, the first game I ever lernt to play was Snap.

“Deal the cards, are you ready?”

“Of course I am, you go first.”

“No you.”

“Ok, sssssssssssssnnnnn”

That’s cheating.”

“How come, I didn’t do anything.”

“You’re making “snap” noises.”

“But I didn’t say snap, because there wasn’t a snap.”

“If there was you would have said it first, because you was already begining to say the word. That’s not fair.”

“All is fair when playing cards. Put the next card on the heap now. Ssssssnnnnn”

“Stop it, you’re cheating.”

“I can play this game how I want to, and now the next card. SNAP.”

“No, I said it first.”

“You said nothing, and anyhow it wasn’t a proper snap.”

“Oh yes it was, look, two sixes and that makes a snap.”

“But you said it before it was there. They are my cards. Now it’s my turn to do it, but first I will shuffle the cards to make sure you don’t cheat again.”

“I am not cheating and what are you doing?”

“I’m mixing the cards.”

“But not like that, you don’t throw them in a heap and look at them before you put them together again. You have to shuffle them, I will show you.”

“No, take your hands off the cards. I won the last game and now they are mine.”

“Then deal them out and stop looking at the cards before you hand them out.”

“I am not looking at them, just organising them properly. So, let’s start again, you can go first.”

“Always I have to go first. That is typical, just so that you can have the first snap.”

“Stop complaining, just because you are losing.”

“I am not losing. Here is my first card. Your turn now. Stop looking at the card before you put it on the table.”

“I was not, it just slipped into my hand the wrong way up.”

“So, my turn and SNAP.”

“You was cheating, you took that card from the bottom of your cards and saw what it was before you put it down.”

“I did not.”

“You did.”

“I don’t like this game, you are a cow.”

“I am not.”

“You are and now my turn, to put out the cards.”

“This is getting boring, a whole pile of cards on the table and no snap.”

“Be patient.”

“But I’ve only got one card left.”

“So have I and no-one has a snap.”

“Then split the cards and do it again.”

“SNAP”

“I’m going home to watch the TV.”

“But I just won all the cards.”

“Big deal, then keep them. You know what, I don’t like this game any more and I’m not playing it again with a loud mouth like you. Ow, stop pulling my hair.”

“Cry baby. Ouch, that kick hurt.”

“Children, what are you doing, I thought you were playing a nice little game of Snap. And the cards are all over the floor now. Stop crying.”

“I’m going home Mrs. Smith, your daughter is a cheat.”

“I am not, cheat yourself.”

Yes, who remembers those happy childhood days playing a nice little game of Snap with your favourite schoolfriend. Mr. Swiss said the game also exists in Switzerland known as “Schnipp, Schnapp”. If you didn’t get it, the idea is to put the next card in your hand on the table, and if your partner (or enemy) puts the same numbered card next to it, you call “snap” and win. Oh yes those were the days.

Daily Prompt:Snap

7 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Snap

    • It was the first game i ever learnt. I think most english children did. Of course with time I progressed to Whist, Rummy and Crib. My dad knew all the games. I never really got into Poker or Bridge. Mr. Swiss can play Poker.

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  1. I think your game of “snap” is our game of “war.” It’s the first card game kids learn and mostly, everyone argues until they get tired and go do something else. I’m pretty sure me and any number of friends and my brother had that same dialogue many times over our growing up years 🙂

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    • It was the only meaning of snap that I could really envisage. I played it a lot as a kid and it was all such a serious game at that time. sometimes you could really get carried away with it.

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