Life is like a game.
The milestones you pass are small victories like passing "GO" in Monopoly and being able to collect $200.
The decisions you make are like a game of Risk. You're not quite sure what the long term effects will be, but in that moment you make the choice that seems best.
I enjoyed many games as a child and having a mother and father to play it with made me even more excited and more willing to see the world in colorful board game pieces and spaces.
One day I heard my mother and father argue.
I had never heard their voices so loud.
The tension was there.
Like how an argument strikes out between two players in a game over who cheated or who stole a turn
Over time, it became an everyday thing.
It got to the point where we stopped having family game night all together.
I took my board games and stacked them one on top of the other and shoved them under my bed.
I think my mom had the same idea.
One night as I laid in bed and watched some movie on Disney Channel, I hear my mother and father arguing in the hallway.
I heard shuffling, the rolling of a suitcase and a
"Don't do this. Not to her!"
My mother came in and gave me a quick kiss on the cheek, a tight hug and with a shaky voice explained she'd always love me and that this was all just temporary.
As the door slammed, I was puzzled.
Then my dad came in.
With teary eyes.
It then registered that this was serious and perhaps
this was no longer a game.
From that day forward, we lost a player
And my colorful world turned to grey.
Grey like the dust on my board games under the bed.
At some point in middle school I threw them away completely.
I wasn't a child anymore and I had to put away childish things.
My father and I to this day play as a team in this game of life
This is the only game that I wish to participate in
While it saddens me that we don't have a third player,
with two players the possibilities are just as endless.
I will continue to play this game of life even though I have grown up and moved on.
It's unlike me to reveal my next move.
But in this case it's no secret.
I can only move forward
We can only move forward.