(Madison, WI, USA)
When I was a kid, some of my fondest memories involve playing Monopoly.
My whole extended family would always come over each December, at Christmas. All of us kids would spend long, lazy Saturdays playing Monopoly together in our pajamas.
We would playfully argue about who got to play each piece. I, for example, always wanted to be the top hat because I wanted to be a tap dancer when I grew up.
My baby sister and my cousin Janie would have to play rock, paper, scissors in order to determine who got to play the car.
Once the game started we were always totally immersed.
Our parents would have to step over us to get to the other side of the room as we sprawled out around the game board.
I think all my math skills were honed by playing Monopoly banker. We had our own house rules, of course. We would give extra money to people who landed on Go, for instance.