My teenage son dropped by my office the other day, and asked to borrow some money...Surprise!!. This request was met with this question, what do you need money for? Well dad...my friend and I were hoping to buy food we're starving.
All I had was a twenty, so I said bring me change and don't spent it on junk. Later that evening I asked where's my change...My son said I spent it all (naturally) but we didn't buy junk!, we spent it on food. Turns out Conor had the Duck, and I understand it was excellent.
I'm trying to teach him responsibility, and upon hearing the $20 was blown on an expensive lunch I suggested a pay back plan. We have a camp-wood box at the end of our driveway, and it's easy money for a teen to bundle some wood...and pocket the profits. The lesson of borrowing money means paying it back, the theory is more important than the actual dollar amount.When we counted out the booty and I suggested I could use a few singles for my poker game... Conor kept 30 bucks.
Later that night as the teen posse prepared to head up town I overheard this conversation "Conor you got any money?- yeah I got 30 buck but I should have $35...but my dad "Took My Money to Gamble with".
What struck me about this eavesdropped statement is if the person you would do anything for can make you sound callus and irresponsible...how can you possibly expect a client to say nice things about you. Humorous point to ponder? Or no matter how diligent we work for the best results...will we be remembered favorably?
Maybe I should send him a 1099...for the unreported income?