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BOSS    Posted 08-06-2003 at 16:33:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen repeatedly 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, really nice!!
> The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from
> birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk

about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.
> But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into
> $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's 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 if you want to be "rich."

> Actually, it is just the opposite.
> What do you get for your $160,140?
> 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, flying kites, building sandcastles, and

> skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain. Someone to laugh
> yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks
> performed that day.
> For $160,140, you never have to grow up.
> You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch
> lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an
> excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching
> Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on
> stars.
> You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator
> magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand
> prints set inclay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters
> for Father's Day.
> For $160,140, 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 to history to witness the first step, first word,

> first bra, first date, and 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.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-07-2003 at 05:21:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good one Skippy...


Sid    Posted 08-06-2003 at 19:13:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am.

KellyGa    Posted 08-06-2003 at 17:29:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, that is so good. All of that is so true. Thanks for that. I will read that to my husband tonight.

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