No Charge

Our little boy came up to his mother and handed her a piece of paper. After his mom dried her hands on an apron, she read the following:

  • For cutting the grass: $5.00
  • For cleaning up my room: $1.00
  • For going to the store for you: $.50
  • Baby­sitting my kid brother: $.25

  • Taking out the garbage: $1.00
  • For getting a good report card: $5.00
  • For cleaning up and raking yard: $2.00
  • Total owed: $14.75

His mother looked at him standing there, expectantly. She picked up the pen, turned the paper over, and wrote:

  • Nine months I carried you while you were inside me: No Charge
  • The times I’ve sat with you, doctored, and prayed for you: No Charge
  • For all the tears that you caused through the years: No Charge
  • For all the nights filled with dread, and the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge
  • For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge
  • And when you add it all up, the full cost of love is: No Charge

When the son finished reading what his mother had written, there were great tears in his eyes. He looked straight at his mother and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.” And then he took the pen, and in great big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL.”


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