Upon a squat octagonal, wooden table with legs not more than 16 inches in length, sits a folded chess and checkers set and an open Parcheesi game board. Did kids congregate around this table?
How many of FDR and Eleanor’s children or grandchildren learned to play? Who taught them? Who stood by and watched them? Who stood away, content that the table held children’s attention?
Who remembers learning to play Parcheesi? Who taught whom? Did Eleanor know how to play? FDR? Grandma Sara? How about confidante, Louis Howe? Maybe a beloved nanny knew how to play and enjoyed the repartee at the table.
“It was 29 total spaces. You just went 30!” Who soothed the tempers of the wronged? As these fierce competitions took place, what could be overheard in the hushed tones emanating from the far side of the library? Were there conversations about the New Deal? Or maybe, just conversations about the delicious dinner or the foreboding weather?