Naturally, he replied that he doesn’t have any money. Which is probably true. I’ve never managed to get it together to do allowance money. I give him money from time to time for BART or lunch or movies. He is close to getting a paying job at the Lafayette Library (ironic, isn’t it?), but no money is coming in yet.
So I have a little problem. I need him to learn to take care of his own debts, for obvious reasons. I can certainly ask him to work off the debt in the yard or something, but he spends so little time here anyway that I don’t want that time to be all full of yucky stuff. I can wait until some relative gives him cash for his birthday or Christmas or something. Advice would be helpful…
All of which reminded me that I was a funny kid. I did get an allowance. When I was Syd’s age, I got $10 a week. I bought gas, mostly, and movies. Also my high school staple breakfast of doughnut and Coke. Wonder why I’m still alive. From time to time, I had to borrow money from my folks for, you know, more gas. I posted the running tally of what I owed and what I had paid on the fridge as Janet’s National Debt.
I guess I’ll have to pass on my own tradition.