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Game of Life Better Than Blockbuster’s

springbreak08.gif Well, we played the Game of Life last night and as promised I will give you the highlights. It turned out better than I could have ever hoped. We all had a blast and learned a lot.

The amazing part about the game and reality is the unpredictability. You never know when you are going to lose your job, get sick, have a child, run into some money – the ups’ and downs of life itself are displayed in the form of pink and blue pegs driving plastic SUV’s (we have the new version).

It was interesting to me the reasons behind the choices the kids made. The game begins with a lot of decisions. Do you go to college and or not go to college? All of the kids wanted to start their career. I asked Emily why and she said she liked the picture. Sean, my 4 year old, wanted to get married immediately. The kids all squealed when we gave them $10K each, but quickly realized how fast the money changed hands.

Emily, my nine year old, pulled her salary card after picking a police woman. She was elated to find out she made $60k every time she passed a “Payday”, but was angry when she realized she would have to give her money away each time she landed on a taxes space.

The interesting part on a personal level was that I decided to take the college route. I actually never went to college so it was a surreal experience seeing myself taking the long route and watching everyone else get jobs, pass several payday’s , and even get married before I graduated.

Emily’s car rolled away and she did not have insurance so she had to pay $15k. When Emily got married she tried to put her husband in the back of the SUV instead of next to her. Lord, bless her future husband!

Seth, our seven year old, did something that surprised me. When it came time to buy a house he opted for the most expensive one. His career was a computer tech so he had more money than I did as I doctor (Isn’t that how life works?) Then his mom asked him if he wanted insurance on the house. At first he said no because the insurance was $45k. Then we explained to him that if he had a fire or flood then he would have to pay big money for the repairs or even lose his house altogether. He thought for a moment and elected to buy the cheaper house so he could “afford” the insurance.

The kids agreed that we all had a good time and even spoke later about what we learned. I look forward to many more trips around the game board because Life, like the game, is way too much fun to sit out!

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