My 9-year-old son came home from a sleepover the other morning famously bleary-eyed but talking nonetheless about how he and the four other boys had played M.A.S.H. Huh? “You know, the game that predicts your future like if you’re gonna live in a Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House?” Yes!
To learn your future, you name four possibilities in the following categories: person to marry, vehicle, place to live, job, pet and how many kids. These six are in addition to the housing category, which automatically includes mansion, apartment, shack and house. To make it interesting, you can throw in randoms like a dune buggy or unicycle, eight kids or Queen Amidala. Then you pick a number between one and 20 (there are many ways to do this, from the scribe making tally marks or spirals until you say, Stop, or simply saying a number). With that number, the scribe goes through the seven categories and crosses off the option landed on. This continues until each category has only one option left, leaving you with, ta-da, Your Future.
Needless to say, I was intrigued. So that evening during cocktail hour at my in-laws, I asked my son to predict my future. He happily obliged and continued to predict the futures of each in attendance, including the grandparents who have been married for nearly 50 years. The process and results engrossed us all well past sipping time and left me charmed with the thought of my future: biking to my ceramics studio in Copenhagen while Mark Wahlberg stayed back at the mansion watching our two kids. My husband didn’t mind because he was a race-car driver with Gwyneth Paltrow in his pit crew.
Sara Cook is a Denver-based writer, and mother of two boys.