Tuesday, June 3, 2014
SLICE OF LIFE- CELEBRATING OUR BUMPY ROAD
Instead, ours has been a long and bumpy road, marked by many, many detours.
"They let me use my debit card, even when I don't have money," announces my son about a week ago.
"They charge you for that, every time you use it."
"No they don't," he insists.
"Yes they do," I say, "it's called an overdraft."
I soon discover that my son has run up almost three hundred dollars in overdrafts. Eight dollar Taco Bell meals have 34 dollar overdraft charges.
He is surprised and angry. Defensive. Not at the bank, but at me.
I straighten out the situation. He promises never to do it again.
Two weeks later, he is $114 dollars in the hole again. I tell him that I am not fixing it. And he will have to figure something out.
He swears at me and hangs up, furious.
I do not call.
For more than a week, I do not hear from him. I mail a grocery card and a check for weekly living expenses, like laundry. I cannot put it in the bank, because it will be sucked up by the overdraft charges. I do not know how he will cash the check.
Finally, on Monday night he calls.
"I fixed it," he says.
"Really? How?" He has been looking for a job, and I am hoping he has been successful.
"I sold my Xbox."
The Xbox was a Christmas present. Both of my boys wanted the new Xbox. They were ridiculously expensive and I couldn't afford them so they asked my mom and my sisters to give them gift cards. They combined all of the money and bought Xboxes.
"Really? To a teammate?"
No, no one has any money and that would have taken way too long. I just sold it back to Gamestop. They gave me $200."
My heart sinks. The Xbox cost three times that. It was only six months old. Game Stop probably sold it for $500.
But I stop myself from saying that.
He had a problem. he solved it. And for us, that has to be enough.
Ours is a bumpy road.
And the celebrations are small.
Today I celebrate small successes on bumpy roads.
Because that is what we have in our family.