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  • Vyrle Owens
    19 January 2002 All of you planning to, having, or raising children might be interested in this: For all you Parents & Grandparents out there...... I have seen
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      19 January 2002

      All of you planning to, having, or raising children might be interested in
      this:

      For all you Parents & Grandparents out there......
      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!
      That doesn't even touch college tuition.
      For those with kids, that figure leads to wild
      fantasies about all the money we could have banked if
      not for (insert your child's name here). For others,
      that number might confirm the decision to remain
      childless.
      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 $24.44 a day! Just over
      a dollar an hour.
      Still, you might think the best financial advice says
      don't have children if you want to be "rich". 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 jam.
      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 in clay 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 the
      bike, removing a splinter, filling the 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.
      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 with
      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.
      ENJOY YOUR CHILDREN (and grandchildren) !!!!!!
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