Question: My wife thinks we need to give our high school son a larger allowance. He is always coming to us for money for this and that, but I am pretty sure if we give him a bigger allowance, he will just spend it and keep coming to us for money. Do you have a suggestion?
Answer: Yes. Introduce your son to the twin concepts of freedom of choice and freedom from consequences.
Early on the morning of Sunday, May 23, 1999, I put on my photographer’s vest — the kind with a bunch of pockets for extra lenses, film, notepads and other stuff — grabbed my camera bag and headed to Grambling State University.
The pin knife I normally carried in my pocket, I left on the dresser. After all, I was going to cover the president of the United States.
Surely it wouldn’t be good to have anything resembling a weapon. Never mind I had passed the Secret Service background check and had my officially issued media badge. The knife with its tiny blade could do me in, I figured.
What a day it has been. In fact the whole week has been a bit unusual, like the song says, “what a difference the day makes.” My life is about to change dramatically. For 13 years in Ruston, I taught Sunday School at the Town Oaks Nursing Home — now here I am going to an assisted living facility for a time until I “get my groove back.”
Don’t you just love to hear little old ladies like me talk about their ailments? Sorry, that’s not what I have on my mind, although I should have, because by the time you read this, I should be launching out into a new adventure.