What Else Can You Get For a $1 an Hour ?
You know the saying "the buck stops here"? Of course you do. Well, the forward stops here. Most of them anyway. There was a time that if I received an email promoting an urban myth, I would take the time to go to Snopes.com and research it. Then I would attach the proof that the email was bogus and and reply to all, confident that I had performed a service for the public good. Eventually I realized that nobody cared. In fact, they were probably re-forwarding that email. Resigned to an overflowing inbox, I just hit delete. The emails that promise me I will have good luck if I forward and bad luck if don't also hit the iconic trashcan. And I have yet to see anything dance across my screen when I forward and email to everyone in my mailbox in under 30 seconds. Now I know some of you are thinking that you have gotten a forward from me now and again. Every once in a while I get one I realy like. And I share.
My sister-in-law sent me this one. I'm glad I read it.
The Price of Children
> > > > This is just too good not to pass on to all. Here is something absolutely positive for a change. I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It's nice. The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
$8,896.66 a year,> >
* $741.38 a month,> >
* $171.08 a week.> >
* A mere $24.24 a day!
> Just over a dollar an hour.
> > Still, you might think the best financial advice is: don't have children ifyou want to be 'rich.' Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $160,140.00?> >
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
> >Glimpses of God every day.> >
* Giggles under the covers every night.> >
* More love than your heart can hold.> >
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.> >
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.> >
* A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.> >
* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.> >
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.> > > >
For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:> >
* finger-paint,> >
* carve pumpkins,> >
* play hide-and-seek,> >
* catch lightning bugs,> >
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.> > > >
You have an excuse to:> >
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,> >
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,> >
* go to Disney movies, and> >
* wish on stars.> > > >
You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets> >
and collect spray painted noodlewreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in> >
clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.> > > >
For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to> >
be a hero just for:> >
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,> >
* taking the training wheels off a bike,> >
* removing a splinter,> >
* filling a wading pool,> >
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
* coaching a baseball team that> >
never wins but always gets treated to ice> >
cream regardless.> > > > > >
You get a front row seat in history to witness the:> >
* First step,> >
* First word,> >
* First bra,> >
* First date,> >
* First time behind the wheel.> > > >
You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great- grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match..> > > >
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!> > > >
Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren & great-grandchildren!!!!!!! It's the best investment you'll ever make!!!!!!!!!