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Topic: First World Problem (04/17/14)
- TITLE: Read the fine print
By Phillip Cimei
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The young girl, not sure if she should ring the bell again or run, stood frozen. Mary Howe came running from the sitting room; she started running up the stairs just as the young girl got up enough courage to ring the bell again.
“Jackie.....Jackie ...oh were is the help when you need them.” Julie, her daughter, came running out of the den. “Julie would you please see who is at the door while I check on your father.”
Mary ran into the room; James held up his arm holding a $300 white shirt. “Would you look at this. This is the second time they left a crease in my collar. How am I suppose to prosecute before a judge and jury with a wrinkle in my shirt.?”
“Mom....mom come here. Guess who has arrived,” said Julia. Mary and James looked at each other perplexed and headed downstairs, James with his shirt tightly clasped in his hand and Mary with a look of what else could happen today.
“Mom this is Juanita Perez. She is the exchange student that you said could stay here.”
“What student , and who said what?”
“I remember you talking about it and I signed something. I guess we......well hello Juanita.” Mary turned to James and gave him the “We'll talk about this in private look.”
“Juanita where are your other things? I'll have Jackie take them to the guest room.”
“How do you do Mr. and Mrs Howe. I don't have any other bags. I have another change of clothes and personal stuff in this bag. That is all I will need. Juanita dressed in a dated plaid skirt and a well worn white blouse lowered her head and said, “ I have this outfit for good occasions like meeting you, going to school and to church. My other outfit is for play and everyday use.”
“Time to go shopping,” said Julia.
“I am sorry, but what I have will do. My mother always tells me, “Be content with what you have, because God will never leave you or forsake you.”
“We will talk about that in the car on the way to the mall and the cleaners, “ said James.
“Randy, get your butt out here,” yelled Julia. “Were going shopping and you have to sit in the back.”
They all loaded up into the compact Mercedes SUV; Randy complained the whole time.
“Mom, I can't see the DVD player and it is cramped in the back here.”
“We have been looking at the Cadillac Escalade. Maybe this will be a good reason to buy it. What do you think James?
James still stewing about the shirt just let out a gasp.
Juanita giggled a little and shook her head in disbelief.
“What is so funny Juanita?” asked Julia.
“Our family only owns a 90 cc Honda motorcycle. When we have to go to church or town it takes two trips. My father puts my two year old brother on the handlebars; my mother sits behind him holding my infant sister; my 10 year old brother sits behind her, and I sit on the luggage rack extending off the back. My father then has to go back home to get the remainder of my siblings.”
“I don't see how that is funny,” remarked Mrs. Howe.”
“ I was just thinking about when Julia comes down to Peru next semester.”
“What do you mean?” asked Mrs. Howe.
“The agreement is that I spend one semester here and Julia spends one semester in my home and attends my school.”
“Fine print dear. Read the fine print next time,” said James.
“I just can't figure out where Julia will sit on the motorcycle,” said Juanita with a grin.
“My momma says that rich people have as many problems as poor people, just different. I guess she is right,” said Juanita.
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