A 23 year old man was stunned to learn yesterday that money does in fact not grow on trees.
"I thought that was just some old wives' tale," gulped Jason Meyers, a recent college graduate whose parents informed him abruptly that they were done helping him out. Upon discovering he was on his own with living and other expenses, Mr. Meyers stammered dumbfoundedly, "Did you know that if you want to drive a car you actually have to make payments on it? And did you also know that the car needs gasoline and oil and registration fees and stuff like that too? And that you can't even drive the car on the street until you buy insurance, and the insurance is really expensive?"
At his parents' home this morning, it was noted he was visibly more polite to them, and even asked them how they felt and if they could use a sandwich. This change in the previous conversational style of grunting, requests for money, jeers and sneers was perhaps due in part to the fact that the young man had just made his first trip to the grocery store.
The $45 left over from his college fund had apparently not stretched as far as he would have liked.
Copyright 2007, R. Mejia
At the time of this writing, Mr. Meyers was looking into renting his own room from his parents. "Price is negotiable" said Mr. Meyer's dad, "but it's gonna have to be something reasonable, we can get good money for that space."