Dumpster Diving

For the past five years, my daughter, Shantel, has been playing the McDonald’s Monopoly game, like the one shown below in the hopes of winning “BIG” money to help pay for her college education.

To play the game, you have to purchase food items at McDonald’s that contain the tiny little game pieces like these that are shown on a sticky note to give you an idea of how tiny they really are:

The bigger the purchase, the more tiny little game pieces you get. For example, a twenty piece chicken mc’nugget and large fries can get you twenty game pieces etc. Shantel usually orders breakfast items like oatmeal or hash browns and receives two game pieces for her purchase. She now has Indiana Ave and Kentucky Ave but still needs Illinois. She also has Marvin Gardens but still needs Altanic Ave and Ventnor Ave. She has States Ave but needs St. Charles Place and Virginia Ave. etc.

Yesterday, Shantel was very excited when she peeled off her tiny game piece and asked me to read what it said and I told her it wasn’t a game piece but a prize she actually won…! Her excitement turned to hysteria when I read the tiny little game piece to her and it said she won a 5×7 fish picture!!! She almost fell down laughing as she said “oh wow, after five years of playing and not winning anything, I finally win something and it’s a picture, just what every blind person dreams of winning!!

But, she will not be discouraged. No, she said we still have until Monday to “win the BIG prize” so she asked if I could start looking around the parking lot for discarded game pieces as we are walking in to make her purchases in the mornings…I was amazed that she, who sanitized most of Manhattan with her Lysol disinfecting wipes when we were in NYC…, wanted me to pick up game pieces off the ground,,,but it got even better when she asked “hey mom, didn’t you go dumpster diving with our friend, Robin, the first time you went to NYC”? I admitted I did engage in that activity…Why is it that kids never hear and remember what you want them to but can recall in a heartbeat things you wish they would forget? Then Shantel said “well, would you mind looking through some of the trash cans in McDonald’s for discarded game pieces for me”? I told her I’d have to think on that for a while. You know dumpster diving in NYC, late at night, after a couple of glasses of wine with my Frissy, and digging through the trash at 7:00 A.M. in the morning in front of a packed McDonald’s, with only coffee to provide encouragement, is a totally different situation, right?

Stay Tuned!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 16:59:49

    Sooooo totally different!!! I just love this! Good luck and let me know how it goes! xoxo MORE!


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 21:06:00

    Noooooooooooooo not my thing even if my kid beg me to do it. Not even if I took drinking up in the morning and drank a bottle of wine, but as always good luck and may the luck of the Irish be with you.


  3. Megs
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 21:54:44

    Have fun with that. 🙂 xo


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