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Paid In Full

Updated on March 11, 2013

My oldest daughter was in her kitchen one evening and her very anxious son brought her a piece of paper that he had written on.

She sat down to read the note and to her surprise this is what it was:

For cleaning up my room......................................................$5.00

For mowing the lawn..............................................................$1.00

For running to the store for you.............................................$ .50

Taking out the garbage.........................................................$1.00

For getting a good report card..............................................$5.00

For raking the leaves up.......................................................$2.00

Total owed:.........................................................................$ 14.50

Well my daughter is pretty fiestie herself and she wrote him this:

For the 9 months I carried you, and with morning sickness...No charge

For all the nights I stayed up when you were ill........................No charge

For all the tears you've caused me..........................................No charg

For all the worried nights, filled with dread..............................No charge

For all the toys, clothes,food and wiping your nose................No charge

When you add up all my Love................................................No charge

And when you add it all up, the full cost is.............................No charge

Well needless to say he gave her a big hug and said "I Love You Mom" took the paper and in big letters wrote "PAID IN FULL"

Not that we put a price on what we do for our children..it was just that he had and I was proud that she took it so nicely and also of her reply....G-Ma :o) hugs

(since writing this it has been brought to my attention this was actually written by Melba Montgomery 1974 and later made into a song by different western artist. so sorry about that..I was not aware of this. Thanks to Mr. Indexer and Betty Jo ) :o) G-Ma I had never heard it before !

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      no body...hummmm nice new fan I have...thank you very much :o) Hugs

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      Robert E Smith 8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Hugs to a good lady.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      you are such a dear..thank you and May God Bless You always too. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      G-Ma, had to laugh at this one. Mom's are indeed full of wisdom, right? :) And love, well, love can't be measured by money . It just is and always will be. God bless you always.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well Thank You my dear and also for the comment. G-Ma:o) hugs

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      raquela 9 years ago from California

      You are very talented, keep on writing.. I'm enjoying your hubs tremendously.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Glad of that..I didn't know it was a song...so dumb I am..G-Ma :o) hugs and prayers

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      debby28 9 years ago from WASHINGTON

      My goodness that was my mom's favorite song. sweet memories.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      oh dear..will do thanks...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Betty Jo Petty 9 years ago from Arkansas, U.S.A.

      Mr. Indexer spotted this.

      I have to agree with him. It is a Lot like a song written before. Not even letting your grandson know, which I'm sure he wouldn't understand, you might need to look into it and give someone else credit.

      I had the same thought. It's kind of like quoting someone's well-known poem or other writings. It has their thoughts. could be accidental plagiarism. Betty Jo

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      you are a sweetie vijayanths...Thank you as always for your comment G-Ma :o) hugs

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      vijayanths 9 years ago

      great hub G-ma. You are truly a great writer. You could find a hub in the small incident. Hugs.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      VioletSun..well sweetie Thanking you so much...am sorry they didn't let you know..but you found it...G-Ma :o) hugs

      debujit..Yes it is so true...Thanks almost for the comment :o) G-Ma :o) hugs

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      debujit 9 years ago

      today's modern day everybody forget our guardian and they feel our parents are a

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      VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      G-Ma: How did I miss this hub?!  I thought I was your fan, but didn't get notice from Hubpages that you wrote this.  It warmed my heart. You should submit this to a magazine as its a beautiful gem!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      thank you for your comment...G-Ma :o)

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      employeralliance 9 years ago from Florida

      Your grandson will either become a Lawyer or a Consultant- either way- he's on the right track, Lol.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Indexer...thank you for the information and am sorry that is  a bad memory for you>>and I have to agree about the google ads??  he he he..Bless you G-Ma :o) hugs

      annalaurabrown..thank you for your comment and yw...G-Ma :o) hugs

      BKWRM...I appreciate your comment thank you...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      BKWRM1967 9 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This was terrific!

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      annalaurabrown 9 years ago

      I've heard this before and thought it was great. Thanks for reminding us all about it.

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      John Welford 9 years ago from UK

      A quick check on Wikipedia shows that the song "No Charge" was first recorded by Melba Montgomery in 1974, but was later covered by many other singers, including Tammy Wynette. It was probably one of the mostly sickly sentimental offerings ever produced by the Country and Western crowd, and was much parodied in the UK, where that sort of thing tends to get a bad reception. We just don't do "cute"!

      I can only imagine that both grandson and daughter know the song very well, becuase the quotes are very close to the original, although I am only remembering it from my youth, when the horror it struck in me was clearly of such magnitude that I remember it to this day! 

      By the way, I love the Google ads that this hub has attracted!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      D J..I can't tell you..but know I love you and have had my own troubles...thanks for the concern..will be back..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Where have you been?

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      DEB...thank you so very much my dear...g_ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      soyelude...omg am so glad to hear from you..been missing you...and I thank you for the confidence you give to me..and pray you are doing well? yes my children always give me more than I deserve. as you do? G-Ma :o) hugs x 4

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      bobbie hunter..thanks so much for our comment and your confidence my dear..G-Ma :o)hugs

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      Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

      Loved it! - Deb

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      Frank 9 years ago from Montana

      Money money that's all I hear from my G-Kids.

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      soyelude 9 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      It takes a smart mom to respond to a sharp kid and a sharp grandma to have them all......bless you G-ma. Love, Sam

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      Bobbi Hunter 9 years ago from Oregon

      Just joined here ~ Yours is the first I have read. How CUTE - I love how your daughter dealt with that; she must have had a great influence from you growing up...

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      thank you esocial...for your comment and welcome....G-Ma :o) hugs

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      esocial 9 years ago from California

      haha - cute story!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Bonnie...Thanks for that info..never heard it..maybe that;s where my grandson got the idea..who knows..kids??? at any rate all I know is what I saw...and I like it too and thank you for your comments always..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      She did do a song like this called "No Charge" but I'm not sure what year she recorded it. It is a wonderful story and I love it, G-Ma!

      Bonnie

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      awww what a sweetie...Thank you..I appreciate that...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Jess Ba-ad 9 years ago from Philippines

      Your daughter had a creative way of dealing with the situation. She must have been raised gracefully to come up with a response like that. I congratulate you!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Mr.M thank you sweetie and for the comment...G-Ma :o) hugs

      the Indexer...have no idea can you tell me when and where? I will gladly look. thanks for the comment. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Ma,

      You have taught me words of wisdom many times. I will clap and smile at the same time.

      thank you

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      raymondphilippe...glad that you have a smile now..I like to make someone smile. you are new to me...glad to meet you and Thank you for your comment...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Ikn36 once again Thank you for your nice comments and welcome to the hubs..it is fun and educational too G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Raymond Philippe 9 years ago from The Netherlands

      I'm smiling now!

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      lkn36 9 years ago

      THANKS FOR SHARING THAT GREAT STORY.. IT IS A WONDERFUL ONE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...

      LKN36

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      marisue...Thanks..you are a very inspirational lady to me..thank you for your nice comments always...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      rmr...hee hee he's all grown up now..but things were cheaper back then Thanks for your comment ..very sweet G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      MM. that may be a good idea ? I am sure she knows you are a wonderful mother..Thanks for the comment G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Omdelhi...Thank you sweetie. a single word can say so much...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      Oh Wow G-Ma isn't that inspiring! I remember one time a friend of mine and I went out to dinner and a movie. Her son called her over 10 times during that 3 hour evening out. I was freakin' out and very annoyed. She just sighed and kept answering the phone. ( He was 11 or 12) When we got back I said "Chris, is their some reason you needed your mom tonight?" He said "No, but she should have been here at home." I said "Well, it's good for moms to go out sometimes. She has a life too." He looked at me in total surprise and said "uh,huh, she's already had her life..."

      The sad thing about it was that he was very serious. It was an eye-opener for me...

      How great it is to see that your daughter's son was wise enough to put "paid in full on his bill." Kids!!

      Your daughter handled that so wisely...unlike my friend who continued to let her son think she had no life, and only his mattered. What kind of adult will he be? hmmm

      great hub...thanks!! Marisue

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      rmr 9 years ago from Livonia, MI

      It sounds like the pride you have in your daughter is more than justified! Feel free to send your grandson to my house, as his rates appear to be far more reasonable than those demanded by my own children! lol!

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      well done G-MA, maybe I should put this one on the fridge door to remind my daughter, of how blessed and wonderful to have a mother who is always around whenever you need her....

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      Om Prakash Singh 9 years ago from New Delhi

      Awasome

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      love that smile of yours..and thanks Froggy for the comment..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Greg Boudonck 9 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Good one G-ma

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Sally...Thank you ever so much..being here on the hubs has opened my mind again to the love of life..and not just my EX any more. I am glad these are excepted so well..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Another wonderful gem from you G-Ma.

      I don't have young children anymore, but I will share this with my daughter and her friends.

      How wonderful that your daughter didn't freak out in frustration and anger, but turned a potentially confrontational situation into a lesson of love.

      And I love reading your hubs!