I had a little brother. His name was Fred.
On my 10th birthday I received a baseball bat and a Monopoly game. We used to play Monopoly a lot in those days. We would take my Monopoly set to neighbor’s houses and play Monopoly and neighbor kids would come to our house and we would play Monopoly.
RO, Brother Fred and Dad at RO’s 10th Birthday
I still have it. Amazingly that Monopoly set is still intact and in good condition. It still has all the money, all the hotels, motels, dice, moving pieces, chance cards, community chest cards, game board and property cards.
Monopoly Set Pieces
When my little brother was in a local hospital in the cardiac intensive care unit he complained that he felt like he was in jail because he couldn’t get out of that hospital to go visit our mom, who was at home dying of cancer. This is a photo of her the day before she went into a coma and died about a week later.
RO and Fred’s Mom, Just Before Her Passing
When I got home after visiting my brother I made him a get well card. I put the Chance “Get Out of Jail Free” card in the get well card. I addressed the envelope to my brother, with his room number and the hospital’s address on it. I mailed it. About ten days later my brother died. He never did get out of the hospital to go visit our mother.
Monopoly Game’s “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
I asked the hospital if they had the card. I asked my sister in law if she had the card. No one reported having seen it. Now, for the first time, my Monopoly set was incomplete. But, after my mom died I inherited her Monopoly set, which had a chance “Get Out of Jail Free” card in it. I took that card and put it in my set, which is now whole and complete again.
Life is a funny game.