She elaborated: "Well, I don't mean, like, we're so rich we have $4,000 or something."
"Sure," I replied carefully.
"I mean, we are rich because we have lots of food and tables and quilts."
"Uh, huh..." (Jake would haul all the quilts off to Goodwill if I gave him the chance, we live in the desert and don't need so many quilts).
She continues,"I think Kilynn is rich. She has a cell phone. Plus, the other day she got to school late, and she smelled like IHOP, and she had a sticker that said 'Happy Birthday'."
I thought about this for a minute. "You have a very keen sense of smell. Kilynn could very well be rolling in the dough. But how do you know what IHOP smells like? If you've been there, you must be rich, too."
This seemed to appease her.
"Men are motivated by greed and fear," my Dad said cryptically on the phone last night. I had just returned from the sale at Fry's, and was telling him about my loot. 45 cans of soup for $7.50! (Thanks to Liz and Jane for the scoop.) It was such a rush, it takes me back to the heady days of Couponsense, going to Albertsons and spending 10 bucks and saving 200, or something crazy like that.
So I've been thinking. The natural man is motivated by greed and fear. (I hope I sometimes act on other, higher motivations, like love.) The Fry's trip was a great time for my natural man. Finally, a way to assuage my fear while I feed my greed! "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear"(D&C 38:30). We Mormons are constantly squirreling away food in preparation for a rainy day. A full pantry does makes me happy. Plus, a deal! A full pantry for almost nothing! It was enough motivation to get me back into my brassiere and out to a grocery store in unsavory Apache Junction at 8:30 pm on a Tuesday. When I should have been in bed reading Sense and Sensibility. Like a sensible girl.
But now, we're rich! Rich in quilts and cheap soup! Which, honestly, is better than 4000 bucks any day. Right?