The Cost. of Raising A Child
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 years and came up with $160,140 for a middle class family. That doesn't even touch the cost of college tuition.
But there is no way to put a price tag on:
Feeling a new life move for thr first time and seeing the bump of a knee rippling across your skin.
Having someone cry, "it's a boy!" Or shout "it's a girl" then hearing the baby wail and knowing all that matters is it's healthy.
Counting all 10 fingers and toes for the first time.
Feeling the warmth of fat cheeks against your breast.
Cupping a entire head in the palm of your hand.
Making out da da or ma ma from al the cooing and gurgling.
What do you get for $160,140?
Naming rights, first, middle and last.
Glimpses of God everyday.
Giggles under the cover every night.
More love than your heart can hold.
Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds and warm cookies.
A hand to hold, usually covered in jam.
Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said. Or how your stocks performed that day.
For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to fingerprint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek catch lighting bugs and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to keep reading the. Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies and wishing upon a star. You get to frame rainbows, hearts and flowers under the magnet on the refrigerator and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day and cards with backwards letters for Father's Day.
For $160,140 there is no better bang for your buck. You get to be a hero for just retrieving a frisbee off the roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a sliver, filling the wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat to history to see the first step, first word, first bra, first date, first time behind the wheel. You get. To be Immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, along. List of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren. You get a education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications and human sexuality no college can match.
In the eyes of a child youareright up there with God. You have the power to heal a boo-boo,, scare away monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever and love them without limits, so that one day LIKE YOU they will love without counting the cost.........
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