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2008 September 15 » Philoxenos

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The Nutcracker

15th September 2008

The Nutcracker

About 10:30 this morning I got a call from Handsome, to say that he saw an advertisement for The Nutcracker Ballet, which comes to town every Christmas season. We had talked previously about taking the girls and he wanted to know if we should by tickets. They had three shows over Thanksgiving weekend. I told him to go for it and he purchased tickets for the Saturday matinee for both of the girls and himself. It will be a memory-making date with Daddy.

I neglected to ask him the price of the tickets.

He came home for lunch and said that he bought the tickets. The girls’ tickets were $25 each. I gasped. I was so stunned that I forgot to ask how much his ticket was, thinking that they were probably all the same. Dumb. I’m really dumb.

Later in the conversation he mentioned that he bought the really good seats so the kids could see. At that point I remembered to ask how much his ticket was. $56!!! I double gasped. But then I got over it.

Had he asked me in the beginning if he could spend $100 to take the girls to a ballet, I probably would have come up with some really good reasons why that wasn’t a good idea.  But now that it’s done I know that the girls will have a great time and they will love getting all dressed up to go with Daddy.

My dad told me this once about money (and he’s quite wise with money) : It’s just money. You can make more. To put this statement into context, Handsome and I were on holiday here in the States and had driven down to San Diego to stay with friends. On the way down we had seen an advertisement for Universal Studios and Handsome was very keen to go because he’d never been. It was out of our budget for the trip. I was on the phone with my dad for some reason and that’s when he told me it was just money and we can make more. He knew that we both had jobs and that we weren’t destitute.

So, this is an instance when my frugality isn’t going to swerve towards being cheap. We are frugal so that we might spend our money in places where it really counts. And time with our children definitely counts.

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