You See What I’m Up Against

I sat down just now to pay the kids their weekly allowance, but my mind was only halfway there. The kids get half their age (in dollars) per week, but simultaneously remembering the ages of four children and then dividing by two was simply too much math at the end of this long day.

Me: Stephen, remind me, what's your allowance?

Stephen: [Eyebrows raised in great hope, and not a moment's hesitation.] $520.

Me: Oh really?

Stephen: Yep, $520.

Me: Per week?

Stephen: Yes. You see, there's this new, um, metric system. And…um…well, $100 is the new $1, so if you convert it over, it means that $5 really equals $520. Except really it's $500, but I'm just throwing in a little tax.

Big points for creativity, anyway. (But still only $5 for allowance).

21 thoughts on “You See What I’m Up Against

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  2. Mindy says:

    That is hilarious. I would have done the exact same thing, only maybe not so mathematically accurate. The additional tax is so creative! He’s cracking me up.

  3. Julie Stiles Mills says:

    That’s what happens when you have a smart kid. They keep you on your toes.
    We have an Excel spreadsheet with formulas that add the weekly allowance. When the kid “buys” something, we (mom and dad) pay and they are responsible for entering that deduction in their spreadsheet. FavoriteSon just deducted $9.99 (plus the tax) from his spreadsheet yesterday because “he” bought a music CD.
    Saves me from thinking.

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