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Subject: Fw: The Cost of Children
> I read this and thought about how true it really is. Its expensive having
> kids, its time consuming, emotionally draining, and though it does offer
> great rewards~ it can also cause you great heartache. You meet yourself
> coming and going trying to give them the best of everything! But now
> what, in the end, you would always choose to do it all over again. So
> though every child comes with a pretty hefty price tag ~ I think we are
> glad we went "shopping". Have a great week. Give your kids an extra
> and kiss tonight. ~Tanya
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> Subject: Fw: The Cost of Children
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> >Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 12:22 PM
> >Subject: Fwd: The Cost of Children
> >>---------------------- Forwarded by Ruth
> >>University on 08/31/2000 12:21 PM ---------------------------
> >>Mary Davis
> >>08/29/2000 03:45 PM
> >>To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
> >> email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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> >>Subject: Fwd: The Cost of Children
> >>---------------------- Forwarded by Mary Davis/Otolaryngology/Washington
> >>University on 08/29/2000 03:44 PM ---------------------------
> >>mary pashia <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 08/29/2000 03:42:12 PM
> >>To: Mary Davis/Otolaryngology/Washington University@Washington
> >>Subject: Fwd: The Cost of Children
> >> "The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from
> >> birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income family.
> >> Talk about sticker shock. That doesn't even touch college tuition.
> >> those with kids, that figure leads to wild fantasies about all the
> >> could have bought, all the places we could have traveled, all the
> >> could have banked if not for (insert child's name here).
> >> For others, that number might confirm the decision to remain
> >> But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into
> >> a year, $741.38 a month or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.44 a
> >> Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial
> >> advice says don't have children if you want to be rich.
> >> It's just the opposite. There's no way to put a price tag on:
> >> ? Feeling a new life move for the 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
> >> 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 an entire head in the palm of your hand.
> >> ? Making out da da or ma ma from all the cooing and gurgling.
> >> What do you get for your $160,140?
> >> ? Naming rights. First, middle and last.
> >> ? Glimpses of God every day.
> >> ? Giggles under the covers 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 with jam.
> >> ? A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles
> >> skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
> >> ? 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 finger-paint,
> >> pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs and never stop
> >> believing in Santa Claus.
> >> ? You have an excuse to keep reading the adventures of Piglet and
> >> watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies and wishing
> >> stars.
> >> ? You get to frame rainbows, hearts and flowers under refrigerator
> >> magnets and collect spray-painted noodle wreaths for Christmas,
> >> set in clay for Mother's Day and cards with backward letters for
> >> Day.
> >> ? For $160,140, there's no greater bang for your buck.
> >> ? You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage
> >> taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a sliver, filling
> >> wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs and coaching a baseball
> >> that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.
> >> ? You get a front-row seat to history to witness 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, a long list of limbs in your obituary
> >> grandchildren.
> >> ? You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice,
> >> communications and human sexuality no college can match.
> >> ? In the eyes of a child, you rank right 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
> >> love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without
> >> counting the cost." ---Author Unknown.