Friday, June 26, 2009

Money Tree

When I was young, I heard the question "Do you think money grows on trees?" more times than I care remember. Usually in response to me asking for more allowance or wanting to buy something that wasn't in the family budget.

Time's were tough then, as they are now. Seems like everyone's been affected by this economy one way or another, and there's no escaping mention of it on TV and radio or even in friendly conversations (or, cough cough, blogs).

As my daughter and I were driving to Dayton the other night to see Legally Blonde The Musical (you can read about our garage misadventures here) we were listening to the Mamma Mia! soundtrack, you know, to get in the Broadway mood (the Legally Blonde CD had been woefully left behind). I was caught off guard by the lyrics of "Money, Money, Money":

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain't it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That's too bad
In my dreams I have a plan
If I got me a wealthy man
I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball

Not quite the message I want to send to my daughter. All right, all right, actually, I wouldn't mind her marrying rich--but only if the money was bonus to a real loving relationship and she wasn't depending on the loot to pay her bills and make her happy. I have principles, you know.

I do wish, however, that there were money trees, and that I had one growing in my backyard. There have been so many extraneous bills lately, between the new hot water heater, new tires, dental bills (ack!), and vacation coming up... It would be nice to pick some money off that tree and not have to worry so much about what will be leftover for the future. And wouldn't it be nice having some extra spending cash for those frivolous things (one of those cute netbooks or, ahem, a new car).

I know money doesn't grow on trees (pity!), but if it did, what would you buy?