Contrary to the procrastination that affects everything else in my life, I've had my taxes done since January. I haven't yet hit that bracket where I owe the government money, and I'd like to keep it that way. Can't have the ole government running out of money before they've refunded my hard-earned dollars.
I've been earning dollars since I was eight. I opened a bank account at the First National Bank of Orwell in 1994 with the $40 that I received in gifts for my First Communion. The interest accrued rapidly, and by 1997, I had $40.72 to my name. Of course, I was making some spending money on the side: $2 a month for allowance; $12 every year for my birthday from my grandmother.
But by 1998, I was having some money problems. And by that I mean I wasn't making any. Allowance had stopped after 5th grade, and I'd spent my birthday money within a week of receiving it.. I still had that First Communion money in the bank, which was now at $41.96, and since God had seen to it that my Holy Money grew, I figured if I pleaded with him just a little bit, I could get some more:
God, could you give me a babysitting job? Please? I know I would be good at it. I don't want to be greedy but I'd also like some spending money, or to give to the poor. -January 7, 1998And BAM! Just like that, a year and a half later, I got my first babysitting gig.
I babysat for my gym teacher's two kids when she went to [a] wedding... All in all, it was good. I got $10, and they took me out to dinner!* -July 12, 1999*Confession: I didn't claim that dinner on my taxes.
It didn't take long for me to spend my money though:
Today I went shopping. I bought a bear for Ellina for $8.40 including tax, and $4.08 on candy for myself. -July 12, 1999I wouldn't exactly call Ellina "the poor," but I kept my promise not to be greedy.
If only the rich would take a page from Little Bessie's book:
If I grow up and become very rich, I will do this: keep about $10,000 to $20,000 in the bank, and give the rest to charity, maybe build a home for the homeless or something.Sure you would.
It is not really my place to say, but I wonder why Bill Gates, or any rich entertainers don't do that? -December 30, 1998Probably because they knew better than to bribe God for money.