Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

She was talking about diamond earrings that of course “would be perfect.”  I could hear a voice in the background saying, “It is a special birthday.”  I’m pretty sure it was my mother-in-law.  My daughter listed the number of carats, along with the price tag on each.  She wasn’t at the WalMart.

After discussing it with her for a little while, I told her I would check my budget.  That of course meant I had to check with my CFO (the birthday girl) on what I could spend.

My wife is practical, she really is.  When she heard the amount, of course she made the executive decision that granite counter tops, a new dishwasher, refrigerator and a gas range would be a better use for a large sum of money.  The earrings didn’t cost as much as all that, but they were expensive (or “exspounsive” as they say).

I was in a bind.

The next day, I explained my predicament to my daughter.  She said she would think about it (which meant she would talk to her grandmother – my mother-in-law).

She called me back.

My daughter suggested that I get earrings that were less expensive (loops with crushed diamonds or something instead of big ones that hadn’t been crushed up). She also said I needed to make a move on a gas range.  Knowing that I couldn’t get a gas range installed in a few days (because there are no gas lines to my house), she suggested I at least note the gas people were coming to run gas to the house.

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