We got a check in the mail yesterday and we're trying to figure out what to do with it. We'd like to spend it on something really special, something we'll remember for a long time to come. After all, it's not every day we receive a check for 31 cents.
What can we buy for 31 cents? Even a pack of gum costs more, unless we use the unique payment system demonstrated by the small child in the line in front of me at the grocery store yesterday: while his mom was distracted by the payment process, he picked up a pack of gum and put it in his pocket. I looked him in the eye and said, "That's really good gum, isn't it?" He looked at me, hand in his pocket, and thought about it a while, and then he slowly drew out the pack of gum and put it back in the rack.
If I were to follow his example and shop-lift a pack of gum, I would still be left with the 31 cents, which would defeat the purpose of the exercise. There must be a memorable way to spend 31 cents! One colleague suggested that we go to an old-fashioned feed 'n' seed store--the kind where they sell bulk seed by weight--and purchase 31 cents' worth of our favorite flower or vegetable seed. Then we can watch our 31 cents growing and multiplying all summer long.
But that's just his 31-cents'-worth. How about yours?