Sieving through some old emails the other day and found one with a slide presentation attached entitled "The Cost of A Child".
Read (in slide format) like this:
"The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock. That doesn't even touch college tuition.
But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
* $8,897 a year;
* $741 a month;
* $171 a week;
* A mere $24 a day;
* Just over $1 an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice is: Don't have children if you want to be 'rich.'
Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $160,140?
• Naming rights - first, middle, and last!
• Glimpses of God every day.
• Giggles under the covers every night.
• More love than your heart can hold.
• Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
• Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
• A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
• A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
• Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.
You get to:
• Carve pumpkins,
• Play hide-and-seek,
• Catch lightning bugs.
You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.
You have an excuse to:
• never grow up;
• keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh;
• watch Saturday morning cartoons;
• go to Disney movies;
• and wish on stars.
You get to be a hero just for:
• Retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
• Taking the training wheels off a bike,
• Removing a splinter,
• Filling a wading pool,
• Coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs,
• And coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
• First step,
• First word,
• First bra,
• First date,
• First time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal.
You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God.
You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits - so one day they will, you, love without counting the cost.
For a mere $24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck. That is quite a deal for the price.
Love and enjoy your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
It's the best investment you'll ever make."
[courtesy of www.tommyswindow.com]
Made me smile.
For about 3 seconds...