A Million Dollars

posted by Sharon September 1, 2013 16 Comments

If I had a million dollars
I’d buy you a house.
If I had a million dollars
I’d buy you furniture for your house.
If I had a million dollars
I’d be rich.
— Barenaked Ladies

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.

Board games may one day be found only in museums. But they do still entertain the young ones sometimes.

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.

How about you? Did you have a favorite board game when you were growing up?

Linking up with a song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme this week is “If I Had a Million Dollars” by Barenaked Ladies.

 

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16 Comments

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Kathy September 1, 2013 at 4:27 am

What a fantastic post! I love how you let the lyrics allow you to share some childhood memories and lessons. I never even THOUGHT about the possibility of board games becoming obsolete…but you are probably right. My favorite game growing up was “Life”…and I always HAD to have tins in my car, haha. My Better Half and kids always liked (and still do) playing “Risk”. But that game always got a bit cut throat for me :). Thanks for joining in on Song-ography. I really enjoyed your post.

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Kathy September 1, 2013 at 5:26 am

And by “tins”… I meant “twins”

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Patrice Plauche (@phpea) September 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

Monopoly is the closest I get to a million dollars these days…LOL!

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debsaidit September 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

Oh my goodness…now I am walking down memory lane….CandyLand, Chinese Checkers, Pick up Stix, Yahtzee, Operation, Risk, Clue, Life…oh my!!

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Adrienne September 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I love these shots of this game! We loved board games when I was little – I loved Parchesi, and my kids really loved Trouble. Now we play Cranium a lot. And we’ve had several versions of Monopoly over the years…our favorite being Red Sox-opoly! Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin September 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Great pics of a classic game! I love this game – the board is set after Atlantic City – my home area, so I always have a special connection to it!

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jeanne stone September 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Great shots! and I love your monopoly memories! I also had so much fun with this game… need to play it again

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Karen September 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

We loved to play monopoly as children and sometimes we are still playing it…the fancy Star Wars version! So much fun…

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Ida P. Krause September 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Now see this is the kind of take on that song that I wish I had thought of. I just wasn’t that creative this week. – Loved your thoughts about life and how we just need to keep on going no matter what comes our way. The Monopoly analogy was wonderful. We played a lot of Yahtzee when I was a kid.

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Jackie September 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

What a wonderful post for this week’s song! So true, you never do know what will happen.

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Molly September 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I love this one. The images are so perfect to go with a song that really treats money as something to play with.

Mollyxxx

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Nicki September 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Fantastic interpretation of the song and words. A good life lesson.

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Karen September 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Love your interpretation! I haven’t played a board game in ages. Maybe I’ll break one out!

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Susan September 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

You made this such a great post. I love it. Not only the way you set the images, but also the remembering playing the game-and the lesson of your little one at Chutes and Ladders. Nicely done. I used to be the dog too.

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christine e-e September 2, 2013 at 5:30 am

your sentiments about board games is charming… what great memories. we still play board games… I liked what you said you learned from playing Monopoly! and very cool markers (it must be the deluxe version). love the angle of the markers.

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Pride in Photos Photography September 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Well I have to tell you, I was always the dog too☺I think Monopoly should be played by every child before he leaves the home…great learning lessons. But my favorite game was Careers…just great memories!

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