Wednesday, January 2, 2008

We're All in This Together

Shegazelle's post of a few days ago reminded me that I'm supposed to be working on a guest post for Normal is Broke. I Wanna be WEIRD. It's not that I don't WANT to guest post-I'm perfectly content--in fact excited--to write a post about our journey to financial freedom.

It's just that our story isn't all that exciting. But I'll write it. Soon (I promise). If I have to, I'll make something up.

The kids, though, have overheard us talking about money, and our quest to be more frugal, and they periodically pitch in, without our asking.

I figured this was the case when I realized that Gentry has taken to wearing no underwear on occassion.

For example, the other morning, I woke him up, and started to dress him for the day. He pulled down his pajama pants, and there was nothing underneath.

"Gentry!" I said. "Where are your underwear?"

He just looked at me sheepishly.

I figured that he thought that, between his wearing the underwear out less frequently, and the energy savings associated with fewer laundry loads, he was contributing to the family's bottom line.

"Bubs," I told him, "as much as Mommy and Daddy appreciate your help with our finances, there are some things that you shouldn't sacrifice. This is probably one of them."

He looked at me puzzled.

"Well, we appreciate you wanting to help the family get ahead financially, but maybe we can identify a better way of doing it, huh?"

He smiled and leaned close.

"Dad," he whispered. "I'm NOT twying to help you save money! It's just that it's YOUW week to wash clothes!"

1 comment:

SheGazelle said...

Yes, I'm reminded as well...