Monday, May 6, 2013
The old people play Monopoly
Sunday night, rather than spend a feckless evening watching TV, we decided to crank up our marriage with some intimate play: Monopoly.
We can't remember the last time we played Monopoly, but my guess is at least thirty years ago. We reread the rules of a brand new game and found that that they had adjusted the money for inflation. We remembered getting two $50s and five $100s and now we only got one $50 and four $100s. The luxury tax used to be $75 and now it's $100. Just like life.
I was the banker, guileless and dimwitted. I confused my own money with the bank's. I was slow to make change. I told Tom, "You better watch me. I don't mean to make mistakes, but I do anyway."
Tom, on the other hand, moved the roadster around the board as if he did not see the separate squares, like certain young grandchildren. "I think you missed a square." We would recount and sure enough, he had missed a square.
We played by the rules and did not use the Free Parking as a jackpot.
We were the old people playing Monopoly. We decided never to play with anyone else but each other.
When was the last time you played Monopoly?
Posted by Louise Plummer at 8:54 AM