Posts tagged kids
You know those reloadable credit cards that act almost like a real credit card with some minor differences? What if that becomes how we manage our finances in the future?
I was cleaning out my purse the other day – something I do regularly before I go on the road. My friends know I am not a fan of large purses. I like to travel light. That means that there is no room for fluff in my small, little purse. However, I came across a slip of paper folded in half and jammed down low in the money fold of my wallet. It was a spare, blank check from my account that I put in there quite some time ago for emergencies.
Quite some time ago means…over two years ago. I have not needed it. I haven’t written a single check in that time. All of my money is handled electronically. The checking account is just the place my money is held and from which I direct my bank to send bill payments. I use the onine service to move money around as needed. But – I never write checks. See the irony? The name of the entire deposit product has to do with checks and I never use them.
I can’t be the only one who has a checking account and does not write checks. Considering the number of places that take debit and credit card transactions and that I can send money straight out of my account without having to write a check or address an envelope, it is highly possible my children will never write a check in their lives.
Part of an email to a friend last week:
“I just realized something…and I don’t know why this didn’t sink in before but just as I was reading your question my son came to me with the traditional “Mom, can you come look at something?” and I’m thinking to myself, “Why must the kids always make me come look at something?”
My five year old is starting to discover the joys of writing and wrote his first story last week. He was so proud he asked me to bring it to work with me and then quickly made me promise to bring it back home, too. I was wise enough, albeit at the last minute, to have some coworkers write comments on post-its so I could attach them to the story and bring the story back to my son with their glowing praise stuck to the front. He was thrilled.
If you’re a mother, and a loving one at that – is it okay (just every now and then) to wish your kids could suddenly not utter any forms or variations of the word “Mom”? I would still love them and all. But just for an hour, if they could be in the house and not have that word come out of their mouths, I think I’d have to call Guiness and report a new record.
I think it only becomes bothersome because “Mom” is almost always followed by an action verb and it’s a verb that applies to me. Rarely is it just “Mom, I love you”. It’s attached to a task that I must do. Sign something, settle something, clean up something, go get something, wash something, think of something, find something, fix something.