Little Boy Hands His Mom A Bill For His Services

As children get a bit older, they can sometimes take certain relationships for granted. This is only natural, especially if a parent is providing their children with stable lives filled with loved, safety, and boundaries. Once they are settled into a certain lifestyle child just assume that it will always be that way, which is one of the reasons why events like a divorce or the death of a parent can have such a dramatic impact on a child. Every so often, children of all ages may need a reminder of just how lucky they are. In this fictional story, a little boy hands his mom a bill for his services. But, what she does next absolutely floors him.

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and he handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on.

After his mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: $5.00

For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00

For going to the store for you: 5oc

Baby-sitting my brother while you went shopping: 25c

Taking out the garbage: $1.00

For getting a good report card: $5.00

For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00

Total owed: $14.75

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind.

She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I nurtured you here while you were growing inside me there: No Charge

For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and nursed and prayed for you: No Charge

For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years: No Charge

For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your runny nose: No Charge, Son

When you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.”

And then he took the pen, picked up his bill, and in great big letters he wrote:


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