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First buy with a bonus payout

Updated on March 21, 2012

Aaah! I am sure everybody has a wish list of things to do with that extra bit of cash that comes our way in certain good years!

My personal favourite for years has been to give some to my parents or buy my parents something they were meaning to get for themselves. The reason is simple – I am extremely grateful and thankful for the love, affection, opportunities, encouragement and the endless things that go into all the upbringing they provided my siblings and I, because of which we are where we are today.

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My partner once asked me the same question when he was due for his big bonus payout; I suggested he give some to his folks. My response dampened all his excitement -they being such simple folks with hardly any materialistic wants, he questioned “what would they do with the money?” I answered, doesn’t matter, and just give, so they have some for whatever they would like to do with it, whether they save or spend or share, is up to them. For some of us have grown in families where parents struggled hard to make ends meet and to provide their children with the best of education and comforts, so we could lead better lives. Besides, children can never really pay back to parents, however much we do, will never be enough!

It is easy to forget and take for granted what parents do for their children. Yes, we do have our disgreements and fights with our folks while we were younger, but as one ages, you realise you would have behaved more or less the same way your parents did.

So that would certainly be my first buy, if you would like to term it so. Thereafter there are all the sundry desires of buying that pretty outfit, new shoes, books, add to your kitty for the holiday being planned etc etc. But mum-dad, this one is for you!

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Have you ever thanked or reciprocated to your parents for being simply your parents?

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks MelChi and for inspiring the response with your question!

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      annart - u're right, most parents won't expect but I guess thats where the children need to understand and not take for granted. Thanks for the vote!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      You are so right. Our parents have done so much for us, and we should give back to them whenever we can. Too often we think of paying off debt, planning a dream vacation or buying that flat screen TV with a bonus. Thanks for reminding us of what's truly important in life - great hub :)

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Lovely idea. My parents did loads for me and I've done a few things for them but never made it up to them; I don't think they expected me to though, as they were totally selfless. voted up