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Excerpt: "When I heard that some of the kids at school received an allowance, money their parents actually gave to them for no particular reason other than to do a few chores around the house, I could hardly believe it. It seemed too good to be true. I never received an allowance, and the idea of having some spending money of any kind was usually out of the question. Once in a while, my mother would give my brothers and me a quarter each to go to the municipal swimming pool if we hoed five rows of corn in the garden, but that was the extent of it. Honestly, we had a loving and supportive family life and there was always good food on the table and clean clothes in the closet, but there wasn't any extra money for extravagances like allowances. We lived paycheck to paycheck, and my parents fretted far more than I knew about running out of money before the end of the month. So, I decided to earn my own spending money. At the age of thirteen, I became an independent businessman- peddling papers for the Saginaw News."


Originally published as chapter seven in For Today: A Prayer When Life Gets Messy, by Patrick Allen, 2018 Cascade Books an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Used by permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers.”