Wednesday, September 3, 2008

LIFE Just Isn't The Same

I loved to play the board game LIFE as a kid. I felt like a real grown up having a job, making money, getting married (that little blue peg that my pink peg married was so hot! *snort*) I felt like it gave me a taste of the real world and I loved to play any game involving money! (can we say Monopoly?) Of course I had to buy that game for my boys to play so they could have the fun I had and maybe learn a thing or two from it.

Yesterday Drew, Noah and I decided to play. Right off I could see it was nothing like real life. They both chose to jump into a career while I chose to go to college first. They of course, not only had bigger salaries than I, I also had over 100,000 worth of college loans to pay off. They were just raking in the dough while I....well let's just say I wasn't. Noah landed on the Get Married square so I told him to pick a peg. I look over and he has two blue pegs in his car. "Are you marrying a man?" I asked. Noah kind of giggles and says "Yeah, can I do that?" "Well I guess you can in some states." I reply.

I ended up coming in 3rd place with the least amount of money....and I didn't even have children to pay for like they did! Where were the big grocery bills, the new shoes, DIAPERS, dentist appointments, sports fees? I don't think they hardly paid anything out but were making $90,000 every time they landed on a Payday square. I don't think I like that game much anymore. Or am I just a spoilsport? :)

Maybe I should invent the Mom version of the Life board game.............

Stay up all night with a sick child....Lose a Turn.
Toilet clogged with a brand new roll of toilet paper....Call a Plummer $300
Kids Cuts Own Hair.......Pay Hairdresser Big Bucks to Fix
Gorge on Kid's Halloween Candy.....Move Back 2 Spaces and Gain 5 Pounds
Spend $1000 at the Dr. to find out it's a "Virus"
Kid covered in vomit.....Spin again and get off of that space!
Kids driving you crazy.....Throw back a shot.....Oh wait, this isn't a drinking game.

Feel free to add your own.............

14 comments:

Kathryn said...

HAHAHA!!! Exactly!

Sandra Carvalho said...

LOL!!!That's so true!
xoxo

aumt jan said...

Kelly, I laughed so hard and had to read it to Kris. Real life never works out like the board game.

Mom said...

Sometimes in the Real game of life-a shot or drink IS part of the plan.....this was all too funny.

Beth said...

I got one...kids don't sleep at all that night...too tired to take next 2 turns.



Great post!

Aunt Cindy said...

Kelly, your comedy Bozarth Gene was shining through on this one. I do remember lots of fun nights spent crowded around the table at your house trying to get a car full of kids myself. Sometimes LIFE does work out.

Fill your car with kids YOU WIN>(though 90grand each payday sounds devine too)

Motherhood for Dummies said...

we love Life here too and I also feel abd for skipping college, but you never win if you do!

Weber said...

I remember playing that game too. I really thought that it was like a look at the future - it was SO romantic. :)

I would buy your version! Now that would be fun to play with my kids.

Dianna said...

You're killing me*!*

How about:

2yr old poops in her big girl underwear and gets it everywhere...even on you.
Go back 3 spaces, do an extra load of laundry, take another shower, bathe the kid and push your day back 2 hours.

Candy said...

hhhahahahahahaaahaha!!!

LIFE as a drinking game.... or is it the other way around...

??

brother matt said...

have to add my most vivid memory from playing LIFE with family...I was pretty young and never seemed to win, but once when I was nearly out of money - Uncle Joe slid me a crisp white $100,000 bill under the table to save the day...even play money means a lot to a kid.

Kristen DeDeyn Kirk said...

My kids are confused by the big salaries on LIFE and I think how I "use" money, too.

I must work on explaining how money really works. Yesterday my son wanted a Webkinz and said "you buy it and then I'll save for it." The clerk at the store cracked up.

I must stop using credit cards around him.

kristen at www.thefamilythatreadstogether.blogspot.com

Aunt Andrea said...

Uncle Joe had Matt's back even in a game.
Kelly your post had me laughing out loud.

Jill and Todd Potrykus said...

That was too funny, you had me laughing by the end of your post. Hope you have a good weekend.