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The day I ate $1,000,000.00 dollars

The story goes like this...

It was a Friday night and our youth group was hanging out at someone's house for the evening.  It was one of those nights when people were in a particularly good mood and the laughing and joking was heard all throughout the house.

I was 14.  Quiet.  I was loving all the stories and conversations...being excited to be in the conversation but hoping I wouldn't have to contribute if I didn't have to.  As I was looking around, one of the older guys in the group smiled and winked at me.  Now, I even knew this guy was a "winker"...like it was a reflex to him smiling, but even knowing that, I blushed.  Ugh!! How embarrassing...pull yourself together, Tami!! Oh my word...don't look down...don't look up...ugh, eat something so it looks like you didn't even notice!  So I looked into the bowl of M&M's to see one discolored grey candy.  Hmm, weird...I've never seen a grey M&M.  So I popped it in my mouth hoping somehow that diversion would fade the pink in my cheeks.

Right then, one of the guys says, "Hey, by the way, no body eat a gray M&M if you see it!!!"
Someone else, "Oh yeah! M&M is running a contest that if you find the grey M&M you win $1,000,000!!"
"Hahah!!! Wouldn't that be terrible if someone ate it?!"

I didn't even like chocolate, but as it was melting in my mouth, it tasted even worse.  I was eating the $1,000,000 M&M!!  Oh my...of course, I would.  Do I say something? No, 'cause they'd make me spit it out and it was almost all gone.  So I quietly watched all of them laughing as I swallowed the last bit of the $1,000,000 I'd never see.  

I didn't tell anyone that story until... 
a few years later when McDonalds was running their Monopoly game for the first time.  I hadn't paid attention to the game, and didn't know the prize.  However, I would peel off my stickers just to look at them and had both Boardwalk and Park Place.  I stuck them in my cup holder, but casually threw them both away when cleaning out my car...

Later, some friends mentioned the McDonald's Monopoly game...and that's when I realized I'm the unluckiest lucky person I know.  Twice...I threw away $1,000,000.00.  

So when I hear the song, "If I had a million dollars"...well, it's kind of a bitter pill (or candy) to swallow. :)

Happy Thursday! :)
...and Happy Birthday, Leah!! (...that makes #3)

14 comments:

Amanda Miller said...

Omg, this is is hilarious! I love it!!!

Miranda said...

:-) Love your writing style Tami, makes me giggle inside!

leah said...

this story is TOO funny. i LOVE your stories!

and for the 3rd time, THANK YOU! :)

Kristi said...

This made me laugh sooo much! I love it. I feel like companies bank on people like you eating that M&M and getting boardwalk and park place so they don't have to dish out cash. You are the perfect consumer for them.

Well, you will have a mansion in heaven my dear, so consider yourself rich. :)

Sarah said...

lol...oh. my. this is hilarious...and so sad

emilykate said...

what?!?!

Mindy said...

oh my - that is TOO funny!!

Tara said...

All I know is I'm going to go with you to McDonald's more often during Monopoly season! ;-)

megs @ whadusay said...

TAMI! You are the LUCKIEST, unluckiest person I know. That is crazy!!

Christen Leigh said...

Oh no!!! That is so depressing....and funny, I suppose. :)

Daveana said...

Oh my word Tami!!! Hahaha!

Sandra said...

WOW!!....NOw that is a story worth remembering for the rest of your life. Oh wait, you probably will...hence it happend twice on that sum of cash:).
Good story!!

Anonymous said...

Most likely you just an M&M with a shell that missed its color coating.

The winner of the "Find the Imposter" contest needed the game piece from the bag to win not the actual gray M&M that would have also been in the bag.

L, Ann and boys said...

No no...it's okay...God was sparing you the pain of not knowing who your real friends really are. ;) Money makes everything a total pain if you really think about it. ;)

Andria

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