Expensive Mistake

Dear Elisha,

I’m writing this letter using papa’s itouch, hihi. It’s finally mine! But I think he’s giving this to you on your birthday ( I think ).  But it depends if I’m letting it go. Hmmm… a few hugs and kisses might just convince me.  Oh, for your information, you got banned from using this since November 2010 due to a very expensive mistake that you committed.  Wanna know what & how much? Ok then read on.

You and papa have this game called Fishes.  In that game you need to buy more fish, corals, pearls & others.  However, those are expensive stuffs so papa didn’t buy any.  For example the pearls cost $99, some fish cost $9.99 and likewise for the corals.  Papa didn’t buy any of those because he thought it was expensive.  But guess what?! You did!!!  You purchased a total of $206!!! Of pearls, fish and other stuff to decorate your ocean!!! How did it happen?  What was papa’s reaction?  Go on reading son…

In the past, papa bought something from itunes and his credit card details were saved in it, however, to purchase something, you have to key in his password.  When we asked you what did you type for the password, you told us papa’s password!  You memorized it because one time, according to you, you saw him key in “the” password as you were beside him.  Talk about memory huh?!  Papa underestimated your capacity to remember but with what happened I’m sure he won’t do that ever again!  🙂
Now let’s go to his reaction…  Knowing your papa, he kept his cool, kept quiet, though he was angry.  He immediately logged in to our credit card billing statement online.  That’s where we learned the $206!!!  I then thought of a way to let you understand what you did by telling you that you had to pay papa using your money that you got from your allowance and rewards.  You had to understand facing the consequence of something you did and since it’s about money, you had to learn it through your money as well.  Oh how you cried when I told you that you had to pay all the money that you earned for 3 months!  You cried so hard and said, “If I don’t have money how can I buy a gift for you on your birthday?  Christmas gifts for you, papa and Meimei?  Birthday gift for angkong and ama?”  It broke my heart and I too almost cried when I heard those words from you.  You had a hard time accepting the consequence of what you did, good thing papa thought of an illustration of  how much money was used. He said, ” With “that” money you can buy 10 boxes of Tipo (that was your favorite biscuit that time), you could eat nearly 20 KFC bucket meals and eat 100 times in Jollibee!”  Funny you commented, ” 100 times in Jollibee?! That’s a lot!”  So we then knew you understood…

After a long time of discussion and explanation, plus a few bucket of tears, you finally agreed to pay off your debt to Citibank. Yes son, it’s your debt because it was your purchase so you had to pay for it using your money.  Although papa gave you some discount because your savings wasn’t enough to pay for everything.

The next day I asked your papa how exactly he felt, he told me he felt like he had a gout attack for 1 whole day!  It was painful but he recovered, haha.  As for you young man, you learned a very important lesson and I’m so proud of you for being man enough to face the consequences which were paying for your debt using your savings, not playing computer for 15 days, and banned from using itouch for a loooooong time! Up to this date you are still banned and though you keep telling me you miss papa’s itouch, you faithfully followed the deal of not touching it. So I guess you can touch the itouch on your birthday, let’s see about that 🙂

It happened 5 months ago yet you still remember what took place last November and I’m blogging this so you’ll remember for life and though it was an expensive mistake, we pray it will spare you from making much more expensive ones and more serious when you’re an adult. As I told your papa, ” We have been blessed with a smart son, so we have to be careful to teach him to use his gift properly”.  When you read this son, know that I am so proud of you that at a young age of 5, you took responsibility of your actions.

Love,

Mama

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Expensive Mistake

  1. EJ's mom

    it sure is! ;-D thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. Ha! You learned credit woes very early 🙂 Here’s hoping he doesn’t make this “mistake” again, $206 is a costly lesson!

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