Friday, 31 October 2008

Rainy days

Rainy days make me think of money. Well, not like the raining money kind of illusion but more like rainy day funds.

My parents have inculcated in us the significance of saving for a rainy day since we were young. When I was 20, I put all my savings into a design firm that lasted for 15 years. For several years, I've used my savings to splurge on vacations for myself and the kids. More recently, I poured all my rainy day funds into the apartment.

These days, whenever I bring mum for her doctor's appointment, I no longer reach for my wallet, insisting on footing the bill. "Sorry, mum. I can't afford to pay for your treatment at this moment. Maybe you'll have look to my brothers for sponsorship?"

"No, no, no!" She'll insist on paying using her rainy day funds. As far as I know, her rainy day funds have been poured into the numerous doctors' bank account.

Sometimes when I deny the kids of a frivolous purchase, they would tell me in a huff, "Then use my savings lah!"

"No, no, no. That meagre savings you have is for rainy days." I always say.

But to them, that pair of shoes or jeans or t-shirt is to die for. It IS a rainy day!

4 comments:

SOUL: said...

i hear ya... money has no meaning in the mind of a child/teen..or older person.
in fact--- i am rather irresponsible myself.
no room for that now. ugh. hospital bills are rollin in like hot lava !
but hey--at least it aint funeral bills right?

thanks blur for all the visits and nice stuff to say.

hope things are good your way-
happy weekend

Amel's Realm said...

He he he he...my parents also taught me how to save for rainy days, but I only managed to do it after I started becoming an English tutor when I started my uni days and it becomes a steady habit until now.

Before then, I was TOO crazy about collecting mangas and since there were SO many series, my money went to buy them and also I loved buying Indonesian and English novels (imported novels are expensive) hi hi hi...

My brother, on the other hand, has always been good at saving money. :-D

Nick Phillips said...

I know exactly what you mean. My rainy days funds are so small, it's laughable!

Frank said...

These days, whenever I bring mum for her doctor's appointment, I no longer reach for my wallet, insisting on footing the bill.