Everyone wants an increase. Workers want wage increase. Businessmen want a profit increase. Public utility operators want a transportation fee increase. School owners want a tuition fee increase. Students want an increase on their allowance.
And it’s not just today. It was just as true ten years ago and even twenty years ago. Everyone who wants an increase today had their counterparts who wanted the same thing twenty years ago. My kids repeatedly ask for an increase in their allowance; I did the same to my parents when I was a student.
In short, I know that whining about an increase in allowance doesn’t necessarily mean the allowance is not enough. It is probably enough for basic needs but “not enough” for extras and to pad personal savings faster. I know. I’ve been there.
So, when my girls whine about increasing their allowance, I rarely balk. In the two years that Sam has been in college, she got an allowance increase for the first time about a month ago. That’s how it goes. I have always believed in the wisdom of not letting them bully me about their allowance. But that belief was almost shattered last night when Alex told me that Sam had been eating dog food.
The story. I was on the phone with Alex last night and she asked why her sister was eating dog food. Huh? She explained that Sam had been bringing Astro’s food to the condo and she had been eating it regularly. I was speechless for a moment and wondered if, indeed, Sam’s allowance was not enough to allow her to eat decent food when she isn’t home with us. Was she really too short on money that she had been bringing her dog’s food to nibble on? I thought very hard and…
Okay, that is dog food in the photo above. Astro’s and Twix’s. Speedy buys the pellets by the sack.
Now, I am pretty sure that what’s in the bowl in this second photo was what Alex saw Sam eating at the condo. It’s not dog food. Really.
It’s Reese’s and Speedy and I eat that too.
The thing is, all of it got me wondering what makes Astro’s and Twix’s pellets “dog food” and the Reese’s pellets “breakfast cereals” for humans. Is it just the label? Is it the flavors? I’m sure that Alex didn’t intend to but she really did a mind job on me.