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Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)
TITLE: Treasure Within
By Charlotte Leonard
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She was putting the last wheelbarrow load in the trash when she saw the mailman leaving. He flashed her a big toothy grin and waved merrily. Molly managed to flutter her hand in return, and sighing heavily she walked slowly to the mailbox. Lately she thought of her friendly postman as the “Messenger Of Doom”. Sure enough, there were two more bills and a flyer for a Back To School sale.
Inside the kids were up, dressed and clambering for her to hurry to get ready for the big shopping trip ahead. Molly tossed the new bills on top of the steadily growing stack of old bills that leered at her from the counter top.
She handed the sale flyer to Kaylee, her oldest, told her to see if there were any coupons and headed back to wash up.
In the old days she took each child to the mall separately, easier on the nerves if not on the pocketbook, but now gas was too high for three trips. She had planned for this expedition like a field marshal, studying prices, clipping coupons and waiting until the very last minute when the stores were anxious to rid themselves of excess merchandise and the clearance racks were at lowest markdown.
Outside the fitting room Molly thought about how proud she was of her children, they were adjusting to her strained finances and making due, pretty good for teenagers used to much better. Everything changed when Molly's job at the bank was cut and she was down-sized to an unemployment check. “Your real wealth is what's inside” she told them.
Kaylee would be a senior this year, goodness knows there is a lot of extra expense that comes with the last year of high school. She had a ton of friends and sometimes it seemed all her waking moments were spent texting. Morgan was a sophomore, very popular with the girls, and the family jock. He always had a heart melting smile and dreamed of becoming a coach. Nate was the youngest, still in mid-school he was the studious one, always did his homework and never complained when it was his turn to do the dishes. Good kids, she'd give them the world if she could.
The checkout clerk looked exhausted, she could hardly smile as she began to ring up their order. Molly looked away and prayed silently that there would be room on her credit card for all of this. She focused on a new mother trying to quiet her fussy baby but she couldn't quite tune out the electronic sounds the register made as the total climbed higher and higher. “That will be $270.12”, the tired clerk said as she reached for Molly's card. Well, that was lower than she had anticipated, maybe one of the kids had put something back. The card was accepted, they were good to go. Molly gave each of the kids a sack to carry and was glad to be headed home.
With the new purchases spread out on the table Molly began to check the receipt, she knew from experience that teenagers can change their minds so she always kept the proof of purchase handy in case of a return. “Wait a minute, something's wrong here”, she thought counting the jeans one more time. “No wonder it was less”, she said out loud, the clerk had failed to ring up Morgan's jeans. The single most expensive purchase, he had decided to forgo other things to have them, and they didn't get paid for. Molly looked at the price tag, it was $45.00.
Who would know if she kept them? She wasn't even sure she had that much left on her card, the kids probably didn't notice. The thoughts kept bombarding her mind. “Enough, already”, she said that out loud too as she put the jeans in the bag to return to the store.
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