[*Another memory of a time when my house was still full.]
We all talk about how nice it would be to never see any bills. However, let me tell you when the bills don’t show up you really begin to wonder what’s going on?
Most of my bills usually arrive at the end of the month so that I can get them sent out by the first week of the next month. So when the first week of the month arrived prior to receiving any of the bills I naturally started to get curious.
“Where are the bills?” I asked Karen. But she swore she hadn’t seen them. And when she told me why, I had a sneaking suspicion where they were.
“Where are the bills?” I asked Jeff. Because Karen’s sickness was getting worse by that time, she’d been letting Jeff take the mail key to check the box.
“I haven’t seen them, Dad”, Jeffrey replied. “Honest.”
But after more coaxing it became, “Well, maybe some other kids got into the box.” Which, when quickly disproved, became, “Well, maybe a big wind blew them out of my hand when I wasn’t watching.” Until finally we hear, “It’s my fault Dad, I threw them away.”
And why would a kid throw away the bills?
If you believe the initial explanation of the child in question, it was because he was afraid to give bills to his dad, which passed the truth test as poorly as his initial attempts to hide the fact he knew where the bills were.
It appears that, in the mind of a child, if there are no bills around to pay then there is no reason to pay them. Thus the money could be used for other things… like fireworks, toys, etc.
It makes you wonder what you might be missing if your child is checking the mail, doesn’t it?