Today I stumbled upon a small news item that hit me in the head like Moe. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Institute of CPAs, the average allowance for the average American kid is $15 a week.
They score for chores? Taking out the trash, walking the dog, mowing the lawn … $15 a week. Sheesh. I was an average American kid. I had chores. I never got an allowance.
What’s worse, according to the survey, only 1 percent of the parents said their children save any of that parental payout. According to the rest, their kids immediately blow their weekly wad on toys and entertainment.
That seals it. Today’s tadpoles are … soft. And a quick flip through my stash of childhood photos proves it. When I was a kid, when you needed something, you worked for it.
Let’s say you needed a new t-shirt. Ask your parents to take you to the mall and give you the money to buy it? Yeah, right. Not quite.
First, we had to plant the cotton.
Then, we had to pick it.
Oh, but we weren’t done yet. You can’t wear a bunch of cotton balls. We had to turn that cottton into thread. And then into cloth.
OK, so you’ve made your cloth, now what?
I even had to clean up the place at the end of the day.
See what I mean? Kids today … soft, soft, soft.
And another thing. I noticed a school bus drive by the house today and realized that the new school year’s about to start.
School buses. To take the kids to school every day. And bring them home again.
Hell, when I was a kid and had to go to school …