Informative, and General Reading
Bill Cosby's Fifty Cents
In his book Fatherhood, Bill Cosby tells the following story:
Now that my
father is a grandfather, he just can't wait to give money to my kids. But
when I was his kid and I asked him for fifty cents, he would tell me the
story of his life. How he got up at 5 A.M. when he was seven years old and
walked twenty-three miles to milk ninety cows. And the farmer for whom he
worked had no bucket, so he had to squirt the milk into his little hand and
then walk eight miles to the nearest can. All for 5 cents a month. The
result was that I never got my 50 cents.
But now he tells my children every time he comes into the house: "Well, letí
s see how much money old Granddad has got for his wonderful kids." And the
minute they take money out of his hands I call them over to me and I snatch
it away from them. Because that is MY money.
The other story that Cosby tells that I like is the difference between
Motherís Day and Fatherís Day. He insists that Motherís Day is a much bigger
deal because Mothers are more organized. Mothers say to their children: Now
here is a list of what I want. Go get the money from your father and you
surprise me on Mothers Day. You do that for me.
For Father's Day I give each of my five kids $20 so that they can go out and
by me a present--a total of $100. They go to the store and buy two packages
of underwear, each of which costs $5 and contains three shorts. They tear
them open and each kid wraps up one pair, the sixth going to the Salvation
Army. Therefore, on Father's Day I am walking around with new underwear and
my kid's are walking around with $90 worth of my change in their pockets.
Adapted from Fatherhood by Bill Cosby (Source: Brett Blair)
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