My family was never very blessed financially and we were probably the poorest when I was in high school.
“Highest food to cost ratio!”
My parents couldn’t afford to buy me things, pay for sports, take me out to eat. I used to skip lunch and starve or find loose change from around the house and buy a poptart from the vending machine (highest food to cost ratio!).
But the thing was, I knew my parents would spoil me if they could. If they had the money they would without a doubt buy me the yummiest foods and the nicest clothes–they just couldn’t.
When I got my first paycheck in high school, I snuck a $20 into my mom’s and dad’s empty wallets–I knew they needed it. The very next day while I was at work, my mom called me and asked me if I wanted to eat lunch during my break, “Taco Bell!” she said.
I met up with her and we ordered together. My mom says “Lunch is on me!” She smiled brightly and pulled out a bill from her wallet: the $20 bill.
To this day, I haven’t told her I put that money in there but she has no idea how much she touched my heart. The first person she thought of was her son.
to read how a 4-year-old boy embarrassed his father.
Ever notice how a 4 year olds voice is louder than 200 adult voices? Even in a crowded airport?
Several years ago, I returned home from a trip just when a storm hit, with crashing thunder and severe lightning. As I came into my bedroom about 2 AM, I found my two children in bed with my wife Karen, apparently scared by the loud storm. I resigned myself to sleeping in the guest bedroom that night.
The next day, I talked to the children, and explained that it was OK to sleep with Mom when the storm was bad, but when I was expected home, please don’t sleep with Mom that night.
They said “OK.”
After my next trip several weeks later, Karen and the children picked me up in the terminal at the appointed time. Since the plane was late, everyone had come into the terminal to wait for my plane’s arrival, along with hundreds of other folks waiting for their arriving passengers.
As I entered the waiting area, my 4 year old son saw me, and came running shouting “Hi, Dad! I’ve got some good news!”
As I waved back, I said loudly, “What is the good news?”
“The good news is that nobody slept with Mommy while you were away this time!” Alex shouted.
The airport became very quiet, as everyone in the waiting area looked at Alex, then turned to me, and then searched the rest of the area to see if they could figure out exactly who his Mom was.
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