Posted by: Anna | June 4, 2009

The Price of Children

My son’s dad forwarded me this email today. It brought me to tears. Now, normally I am not a crying type a person by any means. But since having Joey, this truly is precious. I’ve had friends say they didn’t want children or were unsure and couldn’t fathom being a parent. Some say they are never ready. But really, you will never be ready. And not for the expense, yes, as a single mother I know that the expense is a struggle. But come on, the real joy of having a child, priceless. And because I’m so mushy about Joey right now here is a photo of me nine months pregnant with my mom. Read on.

momandme

FW: The Price of Children

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 if you
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 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!!!!!!!!!

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Responses

  1. That is very moving. Those are the smallest, yet some of the most significant things that many people take for granted…the small, precious moments.


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