One of my least favorite games that my sister and I play is “What Would We Do if We Won The Lottery?”
We always buy lottery tickets as a team, especially when we are miles away from our home. (We are convinced based on the median income in our specific set of suburbs that the lottery commission has made it impossible for anyone in our neighborhood to win.)
As soon as we are in the car, tickets in hand, my sister says, “OK, what’s the first thing we’re going to do when we win?”
To which, I respond, “I don’t want to play this game.”
“Well for sure we won’t tell the husbands.” She says undaunted by my lack of participation. (Now don’t be surprised by that statement, (and Don, I know you’re reading this – just move a long, nothing to see here) we just want to have a game plan BEFORE we tell the husbands.)
“Dude, I am not playing this game.” I say half-heartedly because I know she’s going to keep on playing without me.
I don’t like to play the “What if” game because to me it feels a little like coveting, and when I start to feel like maybe I am coveting I realize that we are one step away from greed. I tell myself, I would give lots of money to charity, but inside I still feel a little off. So I choose not to play. Also, I don’t want to get my hopes up because we always lose.
But that didn’t keep me from asking Isaiah what he would do if he had a million dollars.
“Hey Buddy, what would you do with a Million Dollars?”
“That’s easy. I’d buy a Rolls Royce.”
He picked this one out when we went to The Mecum Auto Show. He was so mad that we didn’t buy it when he realized it went for only $16,000. I tried to explain to him that it would also cost $16,000 for an oil change.
“Ok, what else would you do with a Million Dollars?”
“I would probably have A Mansion, you know – have someone build me one. And I’d have gates, gates, lots of gates, around the house and a big one in the front with a lock on it so no one can get in.
And I’d have a big dining table, lots of food, maybe some parties.
a whole bunch of cool stuff.”
So, that’s what Isaiah would do with a Million Dollars. I asked him if I could come live in the mansion with him. He said, “Well, you could be the maid, or the nanny or something.”
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