|a grainy shot, but one of the last pics I have of all of us with Mema, taken at a celebration dinner after me and Josh's engagement.|
|Kay Harrell, rockin' the romper and big sunglasses before it was even cool again... back in 1990 and looking hot at 55.|
In the summers when I was younger, I either stayed at my Mema Dean's or my Mema Kay & Papa Dude's house during the day while my folks were at work. And when I wasn't playing in my own personal kingdom in Mema & Papa's yard (read about that here), I was playing poker with Mema.
We'd play Blackjack, or Texas Hold 'Em or Five Card Draw, I'm probably one of very few kids that knew a Full House in cards was even better than the TV show, at the tender age of 6. I learned to count money from playing poker with Mema and could bluff with the best of them. So when everyone got into playing in card tournaments or striking up a game of Texas Hold 'Em at a party in college and high school, I was ready to go, all thanks to my Mema Kay.
Words of wisdom from Kay Barnes Harrell, my Mema Kay and the best cheater with no shame that there ever was.
|me, mema and papa after my high school graduation|