Monopoly Set

Monopoly CarsMonopoly was my favorite game growing up. I started playing it before I was old enough to really understand it. As did my little sister. Once, when we were still both pretty young, I convinced her to exchange her ugly orange $500 bills for “pretty” pink fives. She got her revenge later on, though, when she figured out how to beat me fair and square. I haven’t won many games since.

Monster Monopoly Set

Our Monopoly set was a conglomeration of two or three different sets. The money barely fit in the tray and we had almost two complete collections of tokens. That way, my sister and I could both be the “car”. Even still, we fought over which car we wanted to be. We both wanted to use the car token that was painted black, not the one that was in its natural pewter.

New Years Eve

My favorite memories of Monopoly come from New Years Eve. NYE Monopoly was cherished tradition growing up. It was the one time a year when my whole family would play. My father the lawyer would negotiate complicated arrangements like “I’ll give you three free passes on Boardwalk if you give me two passes on Marvin Gardens, $200 and a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card.” Inevitably my dad would take the lead, only to get bored around 11. Then he’d parcel is money out to the person in last place, keeping the game going for an hour more. After midnight, we would count our winnings and declare a winner before heading to bed.

Even in college, I loved to go back home and play Monopoly with my family. It’s one of the simple pleasures in life, and one of my fondest memories of growing up in a loving family.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://steve-lovelace.com.

You may also like...

1 Response

  1. October 17, 2013

    […] draws a stick figure body part, hanging from a simplified gallows. Hangman was always one of my favorite games. We used to play it all the time on the placemats at Steak ‘n Shake. But because my sister […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.