Now that I’m home with Maddie full-time, I have really taken it upon myself to teach her life’s lessons. A couple weeks ago was her first foray into religion, so yesterday I thought I’d teach her about managing her money. In these trying economic times, you’re never too young to learn the value of a dollar.
Maddie immediately wanted to go out and shop, but I had to stop her. I explained to her that her credit card wasn’t free money, but an advance that she would have to repay to the Bank of Mommy. And that if she always paid her balance on time, she’d build up an excellent credit rating, which would be important when she wanted to take out loans for big things like cars and houses.
And then…disaster. The shopkeeper said,
“I’m sorry miss, but we only take Visa here.”
Poor Maddie. Denied on her first attempt. I told her that in the future she should always pay with cash, and save her credit card for emergencies. She listened quietly and nodded. Then I bought her the shoes, because I am a sucker for that little vampire smile.
In the end, I think Maddie taught me the lesson. Damn it!