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oh, the dream was crushed...hard!
By: TexWisGirl on November 12, 2014
I used to think your mother was nice!!
By: fishducky on November 12, 2014
What an awful way to learn a lesson!
By: mimi on November 12, 2014
Yeah. You got screwed. And not in a good way.
By: Al Penwasser on November 12, 2014
booooooo, I hate stories with icky endings. Bless your heart, what a terrible summer, misspent. And not in a good way. School clothes.......ughhhhhhhh
By: Oma Linda on November 12, 2014
That is a very sad story -- but so typical of the time!
By: The Broad on November 12, 2014
Back to school clothes!! Oh the humanity! I remember paper drives for the boy scouts. Truck load after truck load of paper. Never knew how little the payoff was.
By: Cranky on November 12, 2014
I have to say I agree with your instant epithet completely.
By: Catalyst on November 12, 2014
A pittance for your efforts. A hard lesson, but a good one too.
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 12, 2014
Ouch! .. for the small return and for the fire hydrant thighs.
By: Hilary on November 12, 2014
So it was a tough time to be a kid.
By: red on November 12, 2014
Oh the humility. Thank goodness I didn't let my brother talk me into to a similar project. That could turn one off of work for life.
By: Akansas Patti on November 12, 2014
Oh, I sympathize. Life can be cruel. I don't think I knew that particular word until I was in high school. I hope your mom didn't really make you pay for your school clothes. I didn't believe in giving my kids an allowance for doing chores. They helped out because they were part of the family. They also received an allowance because they were part of the family. I didn't believe in tying the allowance to a specific action. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on November 12, 2014
Too bad Ricky Delgado couldn't hot-wire and drive a mail truck. You two could have loaded it with pop bottles and headed to Michigan for the 10-cent deposit.
By: Val on November 12, 2014
Bet you wish you still had the Playboy mags too.Double bummer.
By: Robyn Engel on November 12, 2014
Well, since she is your mother, I should be respectful. So, I will be thinking of how awesome your dad was to balance things out.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on November 12, 2014
Mothers - who'd have 'em, eh?
By: Mike@A Bit About Britain on November 13, 2014
How disappointing after all that hard work. Great tale!
By: John on November 13, 2014
OH NO! You had to use that money for school clothes? That really was not fair ....good thing you didin't repeat your words! whew!
By: Kathe W. on November 13, 2014
Boy I'm glad my mom always gave me an allowance!
By: The Bug on November 13, 2014
'Oh Fudgeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....' 'Only I didn't say fudge.. HAHAHA!! I LOVE your stories... I was telling a friend about your blog the other day... Truly a great one!! Thank you for your kind words... things are going to be ok... Always... ~shoes~
By: Redshoes51 on November 13, 2014
What a hard lesson in the world of economics! I love the scene of the newspaper hunters gathering in a garage and knocking back shots of koolaid and swapping stories!!! Delightful.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 13, 2014
By: Pixel Peeper on November 13, 2014
The return of Ricky Delgado here reminds me a little of "Leave It to Beaver" minus the cuss words of course. Ward and June would hit the ceiling!
By: Michael Manning on November 14, 2014
What a superb childhood story! I got all nostalgic empathizing with your plight. And despite the poor return, you were clearly showing the signs of entrepreneurial skills at an early age.
By: Bryan Jones on November 16, 2014
lol, makes me think of the scene in "a christmas story" when ralphie finally uses his decoder for the first time....or when he spills the hubcab full of lugnuts. oh what bitter disappointment.
By: lime on November 16, 2014
You had to help pay for your back-to-school clothes? What a fucking gyp.
By: Mitchell is Moving on November 24, 2014
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