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Dominoes spot on at Rest Home

05 August 2015

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Whareama resident John Marer plays dominoes with Nayland Primary student Sheayla Carr

Nelson Mail - Charles Anderson


The sign on the Whareama Care rest home whiteboard was emphatic. ‘‘Nayland Primary students come to play dominoes and have morning tea with us.’’


So there they were – more than a dozen students sitting around the rest home’s tables with more than a dozen residents. They munched on muffins and sausage rolls together and taught each other a thing or two about the finer points of the game.


John Marer remembered learning how to play dominoes when he was a 9-year-old growing up in the North Island. His mother taught him just like she was taught when she was a child.


‘‘She also taught me how to cheat,’’ Marer, now 84, said.


Not that he would do any of that when playing with 7-year-old Sheayla Carr. They weren’t playing against each other. They were playing just for fun.


‘‘It’s lovely,’’ Marer said. ‘‘It knocks the years off you. I’m 84 and playing with someone who is 7, that’s wonderful. It takes me back to me being 7.’’


Sheayla said she just liked matching up the numbers on the dominoes.


Nayland Primary principal Janice Gulbransen said it was a great way for the children to connect to people in the community. ‘‘It bridges the gap between the oldies the young ones.’’


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