By Barbara Falconer Newhall
Sometimes it pays to clean out the drawers in your office. Look what a recent rampage through my stationery drawers turned up: Two coupons from my then 13-year-old daughter Christina promising to do chores around the house — including yard work, for heaven’s sake.
I’m pretty sure they were not Christmas gifts. Christina was a good kid, even as a teenager. She wouldn’t have presented me with coupons timed to expire in a couple of days. I probably got these for my birthday back in September, 1996.
Obviously, I didn’t have the heart to turn in these adorable coupons and get the promised work — sans complaints — out of Christina.
I saved them. Which is what I’m going to keep on doing. Back into the tidied-up stationery drawer they go to be smiled upon the next time I finally get around to organizing my stuff.
Read more about Christina at “Four-Year-Old Girls — The Last Bastion of Pretty” and “How to Overmother a Twenty-Something.”