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Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)
TITLE: Tommy and Teresa’s Monopoly® Marathon
By Tim Pickl
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In 1975, Tommy turned 14. He could outrun and outplay his 7-year-old sister Teresa at just about everythingâ€”except MonopolyÂ®.
Teresa loved to play MonopolyÂ® with Tommy â€”and not just one gameâ€”she insisted they play several games, for hours and hours.
Tommy affectionately called it their MonopolyÂ® Marathon.
â€śAha! I got Park Place. Iâ€™ll buy a hotel. Iâ€™m gonna beat you again, Tommy.â€ť Teresa boasted.
â€śOh, no youâ€™re not! Weâ€™ll play all night if we have to. I need to beat you at least once.â€ť Tommy replied, yawning.
â€śWeâ€™ll see about that! Mom and Dad are playinâ€™ cards upstairs with Uncle Bob and Auntie Ireneâ€”and they always stay up real late on Saturdays.â€ť
Tommy suddenly warned, â€śOh-oh â€“ here he comes!â€ť
Dad loudly stomped down the wooden basement stairs. Then, Dad teasingly asked, â€śAre you still playing that game?â€ť
â€śYes sir, itâ€™s another MonopolyÂ® Marathon. Iâ€™m gonna beat her this time, Dad.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™ll never beat me, Tommy!â€ť
â€śWell, you both need to get to bed soon. We have to get up for church in the morning.â€ť
â€śAwww, come on, Daddy! I wanna beat Tommy again.â€ť
â€śYeah, Dad, please? Iâ€™ll stop lettinâ€™ her win for once.â€ť
â€śYou liar! You never let me win!â€ť Teresa shot back.
â€śI did too let you win!â€ť
â€śNo way! I beat you fair and square!â€ť
Dad played the peacemaker. â€śOkay, okay, settle down right now. You can stay up for a little while longerâ€”but not TOO late!â€ť He turned, and clopped back up the steps.
â€śThanks Daddy!â€ť Teresa said, giggling.
â€śYeah, thanks Dad.â€ť
Then, as Dad, Mom, Uncle Bob and Aunt Irene cackled and conversed upstairs, Tommy and Teresaâ€™s MonopolyÂ® Marathon continued until almost dawn.
Rose-colored sunbeams shone through the windows that Sunday morning. Dad quietly went into the basement and immediately saw Tommy and Teresa stretched out on opposite sides of the MonopolyÂ® board on the floor, sound asleep.
He grabbed a couple of colorful quilted blankets and covered them.
â€śI beat youâ€¦â€ť Teresa muttered, and turned over.
Dad smiled as he saw a stack of $500 MonopolyÂ® bills still clutched in her hand.
The siblings moved to different States after they grew up, but always kept in touch. During that time, Teresa and Tommy sent pictures and handwritten memories via U.S. Mail. When e-mail became available, it was a great blessing, because they saved money on postage. Soon, they were instantaneously sharing pictures and memories.
Teresa lived furthest away from Mom and Dad, and rarely got a chance to see them, except during one of the major holidays every year.
Then, on a Saturday morning in May 2008, Teresa received an e-mail invitation from Tommy:
Tommy challenges you to play MonopolyÂ® On-Lineâ€”
Intrigued--with a flashback giggleâ€”Teresa opened it and clicked on the hyperlink provided in the body of the message. Then, as soon as Teresa registered on the MonopolyÂ® website, Tommy received a confirmation via a text message on his iPhone. Within seconds, Tommy went on-line with his iPhone and accepted Teresaâ€™s challenge to play.
A window popped up on Teresaâ€™s computer: Tommy is Ready to Play!
Teresa reached for her pink, bling-studded cell phone and voice-commanded, â€śTommy!â€ť and the phone autodialed Tommyâ€™s number.
â€śHi Tommy! I miss you.â€ť
â€śOh, hi Sis.! I miss you, too. What do you think about the game?â€ť
â€śI think itâ€™s WONderful. Even though we live so far apart, we can start up our MonopolyÂ® Mora, Marrowâ€”â€ś
â€śMonopoly Marathonâ€”thatâ€™s right, Sis. And tonightâ€™s your night to lose.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™ll never beat me!â€ť Teresa boasted, laughing.
â€śOh yes I will--just watch. I am now the Master.â€ť Tommy said, mocking Darth Vaderâ€™s voice in Star Wars IV, and ended the call.
Immediately, Tommy speed-dialed his Dad. â€śShe took the bait. Weâ€™ll play four games, then Iâ€™ll call you back.â€ť
â€śAha! I got Park Place again, big Bro.!â€ť Teresa boasted, speaking to her laptop. â€śYouâ€™re gonna lose again!â€ť
There was a gentle knock at Teresaâ€™s front door. â€śWho could that be?â€ť she wondered aloud. She set her laptop down, then went to the door and slowly opened it.
It was Mom and Dad--and Tommy.
â€śDaddy? Momma? Tommy? Wha--whatâ€™re yaâ€™ll doinâ€™ here?â€ť
Then, Dad asked Teresa, smiling, â€śAre you still playing that game?â€ť
and handed her a stack of $500 MonopolyÂ® bills.
She laughed, with tears, and hugged them all.
â€śI finally won!â€ť Tommy joked.
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