“Drumroll please!” I exclaim, as my hand nears the pile of little yellow cards. The drumming begins, and I lift one card high into the air. The drumming stops abruptly as I bring the card to eye level. “Advance to Go, collect 200.” She sighs, I laugh, pieces move and the game continues.
Yes, I was playing Monopoly. The friend I was playing with has been my friend since before I was born. Let me explain.
Once upon a time, when my mother was around 11 years old, she met a girl named Monica, and the two became friends. Naturally, Monica’s parents and my mother’s parents became friendly too. When they were both in their twenties and individually moved away from home, they ended up in the same city and moved in together. My mother married my father, and soon after Monica got married too. Both couples moved to Boston, and started bringing children to the world.
McLaughin (my friend- it’s a nickname that stuck) and I are both the youngest children. When McLaughing was one month old, and my mother was eight months pregnant, Monica and my mom met for coffee. They put McLaughin’s teeny weeny infant hand on my mom’s belly, where I was happily residing, and thus, we shared our first high five (of many) before I was born.
Seven and a bit years later, both families ended up across the world, a forty five minute drive from one another. McLaughin and I have always gotten along very well whenever our families met up (it’s harder to do than you would think, with 11 different schedules between us). Then, we got to an age where we didn’t mind being away from home for a bit, so I would find my way to their house for a weekend here and there, and vice versa. Then we got cellphones, and I talked to McLaughin at least once a week, walking to and from dance class.
Eventually, McLaughin and I were the ones pulling for the families to get together (though of course our moms were very happy about it too, it’s just we’re the ones that push for it). Whenever we see each other we have the greatest time. It’s laughter and fun, compassion and friendship, ridiculousness and comfort. And some more laughter.
This weekend, they come over for 28 hours (I only counted now, mind you). It was so much fun having them over, I absolutely loved it. It was horrible and annoying that I felt sick and exhausted the whole time, but McLaughin’s general kindness made it all a little easier to deal with. My grandfather is with us too, and of course he’s known Monica since she was a little girl, and he sees McLaughin whenever she comes to visit me. My grandfather is a sweetie-pie, and he was asking my mom what he could do to make Monica happy, so my mom told him to tell a lot of jokes- he complied.
Towards the end their stay, McLaughin and I started playing Monopoly. We created our own set of traditions for the game, which include buying everything we land on, hugging when one of us gets snake eyes, drumming the table when Chance or Community Chest are called for, and this thing called “race”. The rest of the house was quiet because everyone was in the living room reading, and we were next door in the kitchen hogging the table, so whenever something exciting happened they were all a part of it (willingly or not) because they over-heard it all. I don’t know about everyone else, but McLaughin and I enjoyed that. McLaughin has the ability to simply fill me with joy, give me energy and put me in a good mood.
They stayed late to have some dinner with us and I pulled out my camera and took a bunch of pictures. I suddenly remembered I was supposed to go to a surprise good bye party for a friend, so McLaughin, my sister and I rushed up to my room and rummaged through my closet, choosing an outfit and sending me to the bathroom to change. The rest of the family was shouting at us cause we were holding everyone up, but it wouldn’t be a traditional get-together if that didn’t happen at some point to someone in the family, so it was A-Okay.
I hugged everyone goodbye, and we all rushed out the door. I was late for the party, but it was the absolute best reason for being late- I was busy having a good time with some good friends. A friendship like ours will never fade, it will never stop being this beautiful, McLaughin will always be one of my dearest friends.
P.s. I added a new page! Check out “In The Beginning”
I’ll see you in the future when we’re older, and we are full of stories to be told… I’ll see you with your laughter lines. –Laughter Lines, Bastille
From my previous post, this poll is still relevant:
cant stop smiling when i read this…:) love you always McLovin <3
McLaughin!!! I didn’t realize you still read this… <3
Amazing post and such a fabulous blog <3 <3 <3 !!!
This reminds me of when my family gets together. We will play cards and laugh till we can’t breath. So fun thanks
Love it! Monopoly has a long tradition in our home too…through generations now as I have passed my love and traditions on to my son and his cousins. But I have to ask…yes, buy everything, no limit on hotels all the money goes in the middle for free parking right? :)
Thank you for sharing and for the memories.
ps. …of course now we have the Surfer Edition.
Sounds like a really great time :-) !! Love when even the simplest things can make us so happy
So I read both latest posts (the babysitting one and laughter lines), and my thought is that whatever you are going through, difficult or joyous, I enjoy reading about your experiences. It’s like following your growth, literally like being a part of your life through your writing.
A thought about the babysitting (I forgot the name of the post): how much do we stick something out when we are suffering? I don’t have the answer to that but I was thinking about experiences I have had and sometimes it’s hard to know what will pay off in the end and what will just be a bad experience. I guess that even just sticking through something even when we suffer can be the sufficient end result. Suffering for the purpose of learning that we can live through it…if you ask me it is a highly overrated idea. Life is too short!
Second post…thrilled to read it! Sounds like a great enriching friendship!
Shana Tova, moadim lesimcha, Ivy
Thank you so much for your thoughts Ivy! Nice to know you’re still reading :)
Shana Tova, Moadim Lesimcha!
Gave me a smile….. :)
Super post ;)
Sounds like a great weekend :) old friends truly are the best medicine sometimes!