Money Out the Window

October 4, 2012
By JillH BRONZE, Austin, Texas
JillH BRONZE, Austin, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
To be old and wise,
You first have to be young and stupid.

Money out the Window

You never know how expensive life can be until that one day, you’re stuck paying someone else’s bill.

I was about seven years old when it happened. It was hard for me to understand at such a young age. Now that I am older, I can see it clearly, but it makes me wish I was naive again.

I was watching TV when all of a sudden, I heard my mom yelling in our backyard. Usually, her voice is very tender, like a cat’s purr while taking a nap. Now, the cat was awake and she was on a rampage. I tried to cover my ears so I wasn’t able to hear the guilt. It didn’t work. I could still hear her sadness, anger, and disgrace. I could even hear the tears running down her cheek as if it were a waterfall.

“What’s going on?” I thought. Every minute, she was getting louder and louder to the point when I though she was going to explode as if you throw a grenade by her. Now, I was scared! I was even more scared to know why she was yelling, and who was she yelling at. Even though I was scared, I had to find out what was going on.
I was taking tiny, slow steps to the window so I could see the action. When I got there, I saw my mom, shaking our neighbor’s fence, yelling at them. I pressed my face against the window so I could hear what she was saying. I still remember the words, even today, “You stole our money! It’s all gone! All of it! You were our friends! We trusted you! How can I tell my children what you did?”
There was nothing to tell because I had heard every single word she said. Can it be true? Did people we trust the most really steal our money? How much? Will it affect our lives forever?
I back away from the window, but it is so hard because every step I take, the guilt in my questions keeps on trying to pull me forward. For weeks, maybe even months, I try to figure out what she is talking about, and where exactly the money had gone.

The author's comments:
I want to show people not to throw money away because you never know how long you have it.

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