I don’t know about you, but I never got an allowance growing up. We had a list of chores, and we were expected to get them done each and every day, no exceptions. If the chores weren’t done, there would usually be a punishment of being kept inside after school to help mom with more chores, or having to help clean the dishes after dinner. It was much easier to do our chores than to chance having to do more of them! It looks like this kid needed a different lesson…
A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and he handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on.
After his mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:
For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: 5oc
Baby-sitting my brother while you went shopping: 25c
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
Total owed: $14.75
Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind.
She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote:
For the nine months I nurtured you here while you were growing inside me there: No Charge
For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and nursed and prayed for you: No Charge
For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years: No Charge
For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your runny nose: No Charge, Son
When you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge
When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.”
And then he took the pen, picked up his bill, and in great big letters he wrote:
“PAID IN FULL.”
This little boy learned a lesson that he will NEVER forget! No wonder this story has been shared so many times! As kids, we didn’t realize the amount of time and effort our parents put into raising us. Now as we grow older, we recognize the hard work that goes into being a parent, and it truly is astounding. Be right back, I need to go call my mom and tell her how much I LOVE her!
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