Like everyone else in the country, we’ve been watching our pennies a lot more closely than ever before. And, like children everywhere, the Big-Eyed Boy just does not understand that nothing in this world is truly free — not food, running water, or electricity.
Here we are, only two weeks into summer vacation, and I swear I’ve spent most of my days going around the house turning off lights in rooms that he hasn’t been in for hours, telling him that he does NOT need the TV going in the background if he’s busy playing Quake on the computer, and shutting off water faucets left running because he forgot he’d turned them on to wash his hands.
So today when I found him sitting on the deck with the door to the kitchen wide open, I just about lost it.
Me: “We can’t afford to air condition the whole outdoors. Who do you think Dad is, Nelson Rockefeller?”
Big-Eyed Boy: “Who?”
Me: “Warren Buffet?”
Me: “Bill Gates?”
Me (sighing): “Mark Zuckerberg?”
BEB: “Of course you’re not him. He’s old but not your old kinda OLD.”
Somehow, I managed to resist the urge to lock that child out of my house.