The Game of Life
â€œIf you have a career, you have to pay more tax,â€ Sashenka, our youngest, revealed.Â â€œBut if you donâ€™t work, you donâ€™t have to pay anything-!â€ she enthused, in a way that Iâ€™ve unfortunately heard far too many adults raving.
â€œWhere did you live?â€ I asked.
â€œI think we lived in the carâ€¦.â€
She was referring to the board game called, â€œLIFEâ€, given to our teens over the holidays by some well-meaning friend.Â I felt it would be great for them to play together on a freezing, sleeting day, lounging by the fire, and figuring out life.
Pasha revealed that he had gone to college and had three children.
â€œWere you married?â€ I tried not to sound as concerned as I felt.
â€œOh, I won a game show and paid off my loans,â€ he replied happily.
â€œBut Sashenka kept suing me, otherwise, I could have had more money,â€ he complained.
â€œWhy did she sue you?â€
Pasha continued, â€œBut I retired with a lot of money because I had children.â€
â€œHow is that?Â Did the children help with your retirement costs?â€
â€œNo, thatâ€™s how the game is played.Â If you have a family, you get to retire.â€
Some had a surprise surgery come up, others were told to buy a new vehicle.Â Sashenka adopted twins and could not believe that everyone had to pay HER for having children–this was GREAT! Â Petya told me that his college textbooks cost $5,000 and he needed more loans, but Benedetto reassured him that, by the time he arrived to university in another couple of years, it would all be on iPad, anyway.
The kids had it made in the shade.
â€œIs it better to go to college or have a career?â€ I asked, my alarm mounting.
â€œIf you go to college, then you canâ€™t have a career,â€ Mashenka informed me.
â€œWhy not?â€ I wondered.
â€œBecause youâ€™re in college, or having children, or buying a house-!â€ she said with exasperation, puzzling over how I had reached the venerable age of 105 and still could not grasp the basics of life.
â€œI see.Â Youâ€™re buying a house in college?â€
â€œI did,â€ Petya said excitedly, â€œa starter home.Â Whatâ€™s a starter home?â€
â€œSomething like a trailer,â€ I muttered.Â â€œAnd were you working in order to afford this home?Â From where did you get the money?â€
â€œFrom the BANK, Mama.Â The bank gives you money.Â But I also sued some people and won a couple of game shows, which helped.â€
Which only goes to show that there may be some things out there more dangerous than video games.Â That was the downside.Â The upside?Â Non-stop dinnertime conversations about how life really works.
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