This week’s song is “If I Had a Million Dollars.” My first memory of anything associated with money is tied to playing Monopoly. My best friend Bruce lived just across the street. We would set up the game in his living room and grudgingly let his little sister Christine join us. I loved organizing my piles of colored bills. And of course I would always choose to be the dog token.
Maddie and I played some long games of Chutes and Ladders when she was 5. The first time I landed on a long chute and had to go back almost to the start of the game, she had some words of wisdom for me. “Grandma, you just never know! You never know what’s going to happen!” Since then, her words have echoed in my mind during some setback or disappointment. You never know, but you stay in the game and start moving onward again. That’s a great lesson to learn at age 5, or age 55.
Monopoly allowed me to handle money when I was a young girl – fake money but still, money. In the game, money comes and money goes. You win and you lose. Just like real life. The economy sails, the economy pales. The bank account grows, it shrinks. You buy, you sell. You just never know, but you learn to stay in the game and move onward.
Linking up with a song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme this week is “If I Had a Million Dollars” by Barenaked Ladies.