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MASH: My Middle School Dream

Friday, January 31, 2014

Did you ever scribble these silly “Life” games on notebooks, the back of homework assignments, or scrap paper when you were younger? 

I’m clearly dating myself, because no middle schooler would still be creating these silly drawings on paper. We would have moved to an electronic version, which they apparently have an app for. Seriously, what happened to the original Lite Brite, easy bake oven that had no refills, or Polly Pockets that were so small they looked like a Barbie for your hamster?!?  

If I remember correctly, MASH stood for Mansion, Apartment, Shack, and House. You would fill in all the blanks first. One set was three guys (or girls if you were a boy), then three cars, three careers, three locations for where you would live, and three numbers for number of kids you’d have (All very technical and scientifically proven methods of determining your future).  There were tons of different categories you could choose. Three pets, three vacations, three of anything you really wanted. When you were done, your friend would start to draw the swiggle in the middle and when you were done you'd count from one end to the swiggle to the other and get the number of lines that were there. You'd then take that number and count around the game and cross off whatever blank you landed on with that number until you only had one answer left from each category. Its a very very precise and scientific game. 

I wish I could find some of these goofy notes from back in my middle school years. For some reason these popped in to my head the other day and I got me thinking. What would my life be like if one of my middle school MASH games came true? 

In 8th grade, I had my future all planned out. I was going to marry this cute boy in my class  (only if Justin Timberlake and Chipper Jones turned me down) who only knew I existed as a friend. I just knew that one day he would wake up and fall madly in love with me, and wonder why he hadn’t realized sooner. What makes this boy even better was that he happened to have a twin brother, which of course my best friend was going to marry.  We would live next door to each other in a quiet cul-de-sac and we would double date, our kids would play, and we would all be best friends forever. We would have a shared fenced in backyard with a pool, trampoline, and volleyball court. (Clearly it’s missing the wine cellar and outdoor bar) Our husbands would have high paying jobs so we could stay home and hang out all day. Our life would be perfect and we were sure because our MASH game kept turning out the exact same way that it was bound to happen!

Fast-forward 13 years and I am married to someone who lived 3000 miles away from me when I was in middle school. My best friend is now not really that good of friends with me. She just married her college sweetheart. And of course the twins. Mine is now engaged to his college girl friend, and his brother is still traveling and exploring the world. Lets just say it didn’t all turn out exactly like we planned.  But when you’re 13 and you have barely experienced even holding hands with a boy or going to your first concert, you have these ideas of what life will be like when you’re older. Reality can be so much different than you imagined, but it can also be so much better!

P.S. Happy Birthday to one of the guys I was sure I was going to marry one day, Justin Timberlake! :) 


  1. This post is awesome... I mean, TOTALLY RAD. There's my childhood memories showing :) I loved the MASH game :)

  2. Oh my goodness MASH was my favorite! This post is too epic! Happy Friday :-)

  3. Haha I used to love that game! Thanks for the memories

  4. Justin Timberlake is my other husband, lol.. he just doesn't know yet!