Monday, November 23, 2009

Big Spender

In the antique store just a half-block from campus, Ben found an old Thermos with a glass liner and a retro (was it green?) plaid pattern on the outside.

"Are you going to pay for that, or should I?" I asked.

What the heck. It was Parents' Weekend, and it was only a Thermos.

"I don't know," he said, perhaps not to seem presumptuous.

"Do you have any cash?" I asked.

"I can use my new credit card," he said. (He had activated it earlier in the day.)

"How much is it?" I asked, peering around him to look for a price tag.

"Eight dollars."

"I'll pay for it," I said, handing him a ten.

It was Parents' Weekend; it was only a Thermos; and it was inexpensive to boot! What the heck, indeed.

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