Two weeks exactly until Christmas and my guys at work are complaining. It's funny because I'm "one of the guys", thus I get to listen and be amused as they grouse about their significant others. It happens every year. The complaints don't change, and ultimately they have a very nice Christmas.
These guys are generous, but a bit of Scrooge does appear.
Last year, R declared, "I'm putting her on a budget next year. She's going to have to save out of her grocery money or something." Well, that didn't happen. Thus, this year R says, "She's over budget again. I don't know what she's doing and she claims I'm being a Grinch."
(There are three kids and a new baby - treats can add up, I'm sure)
As for J.R. - his wife works outside the home and earns a decent stash of cash. According to him, "I don't know what she does with her money, but she asked me to transfer some to her for Christmas. She's out of control." They have one three year old girl. "I'm going to put her on a budget."
The B word - budget is invoked and then blows out the window with the north wind.
Aah - Christmas joy. Are you under control? Or blowing the budget?
I'm happy to say Ray and I have our house in order - no need to yank on the reindeer reins.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
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