Where did all the money go? It was put in an investment of love


April 08, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Tax time is here and I'm doing the accounts.

So where did all the money go? I mean, after deductions and the tax bill itself, the amount remaining is pretty respectable.

Even after subtracting for mortgages and utilities and food and clothing and dentistry, the amount left over is a nice chunk of change.

But where is it?

Certainly not in any of the bank accounts.

I've looked in all the pockets of winter coats, in the flour canisters and between the pages of an old book of sermons. Nada, zilch, rien.

L The conclusion is inescapable: We spent it. OK, but on what?

I'll spare you, dear reader, a copy of our annual report, as it bores me.

But in general, we fail to see where our money goes, because, like our time, it goes to intangible investments.

For example, some of our time and money went to fabric for Halloween costumes for the kids. The outfits have long since been donated to a school's costume collection.

There's nothing tangible left of that investment of hours and dollars where I can see it.

But it was an investment not in cloth and makeup, not even in happiness for the children, but rather an investment in their character.

These costumes, along with the 14-hour commute to visit grandparents, the books bought and read, tell our children in the clearest manner "you are valued."

And this investment is cheap at twice the price.


Hammond High's Parent Teacher Student Association, needs money. Don't we all.

At no point did the membership discuss larceny as an option. (My economics professor explained that theft is popular, because you tie up no capital in inventory.)

Instead, they've decided to allow us a real steal: cheap pizzas.

The PTSA is selling Joe Corbi's pizza kits for $11 to $13 for a kit that produces not one shimmeringly gooey cheese pie, not two gloriously decadent dinners, but three platters of mozzarella floating on a quivering sea of tomatoes.

Mathemagicians among you have already figured out that this works out to about $4 a pizza.

A few of these kits in your pantry, and no longer will your heart seize up at the most dreaded three words in English: "What's for dinner?"

Call Jenny Stanley at 953-7523 to order these dinner time sanity savers. Hurry though, she plans to put her order in on April 18th.


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company is again sponsoring a dinner.

This time the main fare is fried chicken.

All winter long, they've offered spaghetti.

But now spring is here, and along with it a change of menu.

Come by on Friday, April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and fill yourself up with delicious fried chicken, green beans, parsley potatoes, dessert and a beverage.

All this, and more can be yours, if you think the price is right.

In this case the price is $6.50 for adults, $4 for those 6 to 12 years old, $2 for 3- to 5-year-olds and free for the toddler set.

The dinner is held at the Fire Station, 8925 Lincoln street in Savage.


Spring has sprung -- time to put away the parkas and break out the barbecues.

Do you dread putting winter stuff away, knowing that you won't really want it next year?

Are you finding stuff in your valuable closet space that you didn't know you had? Did household mergers garner duplicate stuff. Who needs three crock pots, anyway?

Did you forget to return the holiday sweater that's two sizes too small?

Well, the Bollman Bridge Elementary PTA is holding a yard sale on May 21.

This is a great opportunity to profitably relocate your un-needed items to homes that are appliance-deprived.

I, for one, really do need another crock pot.

I know this is a bit of advance notice, but this gives you time to spring clean, gather up your excess stuff, and dream about what you'll buy with the proceeds from your sale.

Call Chris Trainee at (301) 776-9924 or Bonnie Grooms at (301) 498-0582 to reserve a space for $5.

As usual, volunteers from the school will sell hot dogs and baked goodies. (The PTA are a canny bunch.)


Cub Scout Pack 345, which meets at Laurel Woods Elementary School, collected more than 500 cans and boxes of food in its Scouting for Food Drive.

They gave the items to Elizabeth House in Laurel. Congratulations guys!


Cub Scout Pack 345 is pleased to announce the sterling progress made by members this year.

Nick Carpenter, Lark Creel, Brian Curley, Jimy Dixon, Andy Kolczynski, Daniel Newton and Mike Sherman each earned a gold arrow point.

These seven also earned a combined 20 silver arrow points and five skating belt loops.

Chris Brotzman, Dyon Toler, George Parezzo and Matthew Herrera each earned a Bobcat badge.

Matthew Hannan earned his Wolf badge. Brian Blush, Patrick Gordon, Gregory Runner, Christopher Cronk and Thomas Gregorine each earned a Wolf badge, a volleyball and a skating belt loop.

Jeff Kessler received his volleyball and skating belt loops. Eric Lambert, Joshua Rice and David Redfern Jr. each received a gold arrow point.

Among them they also share 10 silver arrow points, two skating and fishing belt loops.

nTC L Robert Malone earned his Bear badge and a skating belt loop.

Congratulations on receiving the insignia of your achievements.

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