The Game of Life
“If you have a career, you have to pay more tax,” Sashenka, our youngest, revealed. “But if you don’t work, you don’t have to pay anything-!” she enthused, in a way that I’ve unfortunately heard far too many adults raving.
“Where did you live?” I asked.
“I think we lived in the car….”
She was referring to the board game called, “LIFE”, given to our teens over the holidays by some well-meaning friend. 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.
“Were you married?” I tried not to sound as concerned as I felt.
“Oh, I won a game show and paid off my loans,” he replied happily.
“But Sashenka kept suing me, otherwise, I could have had more money,” he complained.
“Why did she sue you?”
Pasha continued, “But I retired with a lot of money because I had children.”
“How is that? Did the children help with your retirement costs?”
“No, that’s how the game is played. If you have a family, you get to retire.”
Some had a surprise surgery come up, others were told to buy a new vehicle. Sashenka adopted twins and could not believe that everyone had to pay HER for having children–this was GREAT! 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.
“Is it better to go to college or have a career?” I asked, my alarm mounting.
“If you go to college, then you can’t have a career,” Mashenka informed me.
“Why not?” I wondered.
“I see. You’re buying a house in college?”
“I did,” Petya said excitedly, “a starter home. What’s a starter home?”
“Something like a trailer,” I muttered. “And were you working in order to afford this home? From where did you get the money?”
“From the BANK, Mama. The bank gives you money. But I also sued some people and won a couple of game shows, which helped.”
Which only goes to show that there may be some things out there more dangerous than video games. That was the downside. The upside? Non-stop dinnertime conversations about how life really works.
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