Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Am Guessing I Am the Cheap One Here...

Don't even ask.
They love eachother.
Good enough for me.
Our daughter, Squirrel, is back at college.

She is a pretty good kid and doesn't ask for much.  Really.  But she happened to mention the other day that she wouldn't get paid from her "work/study" job until the first of February.

No problem. Except we didn't send her off with any money to start the new semester. She was basically broke.

In all fairness - Squirrel did say she doesn't need money for anything - she is fed three squares a day [handsomely] and she has all her supplies [books - bought by herself! notebooks, coffee, get the idea] but really - you do need some walking around money.  Money for a snack or a movie or dinner out.

After arguing with her [because she didn't want us to send anything] I finally said "You have to do laundry.  Your Dad will send it Tuesday."

She gratefully accepted.

Then Dad didn't send it.

Why you ask? -"Well", he said to me, "I didn't know what amount to send."

I was so pissed perplexed I asked him if he was kidding.

Nope.  He said he didn't know what amount to send her and he needed to ask me.  He had been at work all day and apparently there is no way to contact me. From work. With phones. And computers.

My email and two phone lines are funny things.  They actually work.


So, your excuse is.......::slam::

I told him that he didn't need to ask ME what amount to send to OUR daughter and please get it done and "surprise" me.

He did.

Hoo boy.  Did he.

He came home tonight.
All proud of himself.
He told me he had sent Squirrel the money.

I asked "How much?"

He replied "$100"

::falling out of my chair::

Incredulous, I responded  "Are you kidding?  I was thinking 50 bucks.  I seriously thought you would go $20.  You sent her a $100! Dang."

This is what I get for asking for a surprise.

Next time I am sure he is going to send the kid a pony.
Via UPS.
Wait for it.

*This post doesn't come off as funny as it was.  We were actually laughing that we were so far apart on how much we thought to send.  Please know we aren't arguing about this - but even after 16 years you can still be oceans apart on the basics. Who knew? :)


Southhamsdarling said...

It was funny to me, SkippyMom!! LOL! I bet your Squirrel couldn't believe her luck! Good old Pooldad! And your reaction to the amount he had sent was soooooooooo funny! That's exactly how I would have re-acted. Good post. It did make me smile.

Unknown said...

You had me smiling too girl and I am proud of pooldad for doing just what I would have done. Life if full of surprises.

not displayed said...

thankyou. This made me smile just when I needed it.

PencilGirl said...

I'm smiling and I'm smiling... :D :D
Great post!! :)

Jeannie said...


Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny how long you can go without money?!

When I was in college, I think my parents gave me $75 for the month and I thought I was living large!

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

Don't I know the name of that tune...tee hee, TOB Linda

LBB said...

Thanks for the laugh! Aren't husbands funny like that? Why must we have to explain to them EXACTLY what they need to do? I always say I have 3 kids..cause honestly some days it feels like it!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Clever girl, don't ask for money and you get more than you need!! Since she is a thrifty girl, I am sure she will use the money well and even save some for a rainy (snowy?) day.

BB said...

I hate to be the one to tell you that you are wrong but you're wrong! This was hysterical to read. Totally dude!! Gotta love men. They are so clueless sometimes. Hugs.

life in the mom lane said...

I can totally relate... hubby has no clue how much everyday things cost.... and now that we are planning a wedding... :sheesh: :D

Jumble Mash said...

If you want something done right ya gotta do it yourself! LOL. This post really put a smile on my face...thanks for that.

Rudee said...

Sounds familiar.

Rebecca said...

lol..too funny and tyoical man my hubby would have done the same. very cute

Anonymous said...

That sounds like something my parents would do. I mean you should have been here when the Arco card didn't work so I didn't have access to emergency/grocery/gas funds when I'm out and about.

Thankfully that got situated and I know I am more than spoiled.

But I still need a job, or more tutoring hours, like desperately. Haha

Teresa said...

LOL - that was so funny! I can see Ron and I doing the same thing.

that guy said...

i would send the girl $100...and my wife would ask why i didn't send her $200.00...

good post skippy!

christopher said...

Sounds like something that would happen in my house. lol

ellen abbott said...

Lemme tell you, after 34 years we are so far apart I think he knew me better before we met!

Amy said...

That is too funny. It is something that Steve and I would do, too.

And from reading the most recent post - send that pony ASAP!

Greenmare said...

damn, ain't that the truth! sounds exactly like what the big guy would do!

kathy b said...

I am so excited. I read your comment on another blog, Work Knit study about nora roberts writing under the name ROBB> This is a huge discovery for me to share with my mom who runs out of Nora ROberts books and loves them. THANKS

kathy b said...

I am laughing hysterically. He WILL send a pony next month....