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I Thought They Were the Same Thing
2006-01-16 05:20
by Alex Belth
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So I'm at the supermarket yesterday when I see a mother talking to her son, who must have been all of five years old. She's pushing their shopping cart and he's hanging off the end of it, and I hear her telling me, "G-elt, not Guilt. They're different. Guilt your born with, gelt is something you are given." (For those who don't know, gelt is the Yiddish word for money.)

I started chuckling to myself as she continued.

"Guilt is something mommy feels when she doesn't get you a present that you want. Gelt is what mommy uses to buy you that present."

Now, I started laughing. The mother made eye contact with me and I said, "Now, I like that."

"Ah, the life lessons we've got to teach every day."

As they turned the corner to the next isle I heard her kid say, "I like that, I like that."

Comments
2006-01-16 09:14:49
1.   The Mick 536
Keep those ears open on the lines.

Guilt can also be something that Momma gives you that takes years to get over. Go, Sophie.

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