Friday, November 11, 2011

"Price Tag" - Jess J feat B.o.B.

No secret.

My family rocks.

I have a special little place in my heart for "buff". Always have. Even when my sister wasn't sure he was "the one". I knew, he was.

Today I am reposting one of his posts.

He and my sweet sister have five children. One of which has autism.

In his words, ....."together we ride the E-Ticket roller coaster world of special needs and smile (for the most part) while holding on for dear life."


The Price We Pay For Happiness...

The telephone rang, breaking the monotonous sound of the steamer, as my wife scrubbed the kitchen floor. She picked up the receiver and politely replied, 'Hello.'

'This is Visa, we are calling regarding some questionable activity on your account. We see that you have several closely timed iTunes purchases occurring, that seemed quite large, and rather questionable. Have you recently made any purchases on iTunes?'

'I don't think so...' my wife answered, thinking of any recent receipts that we may have received in an email.

The voice in the phone proceeded, '...two purchases were authorized, and a third was declined because it appeared suspicious.'

Just then Emma was heard shouting from upstairs, 'Mom, Ethan's downloading a bunch of movies on iTunes!'

'Oh, my gosh,' my wife shouted as she ran up the stairs with phone in hand. Arriving at the computer there was Ethan squatting on the chair, calm as he could be, intently reading the images on the screen.

'Mom, I bought a movie on iTunes!' he said proudly.

My wife returned to the voice on the phone and said, 'I'm sorry, my son apparently got on the computer and was downloading them. He has autism, I don't now how he figured this out. Ugh! I'm so sorry.'

'No problem, we recognized it as suspicious and just wanted to confirm. Again we declined payment on the last purchase. You may want to call Apple and explain this and see what they can do for you.'

'Thank you, Oh my gosh, again, I'm so sorry.' She then hung up and called me. I wasn't able to talk, but quickly understood her brief explanation. 'I'll take care of it when I get home,' I said and we quickly hung up.

When I arrived home I walked upstairs to the computer and checked the iTunes history. There they were the three purchases. Two showed paid in full the last showed declined. I checked on the computer and saw that we had indeed downloaded those movies so I reauthorized the purchase.

I walked in to where Ethan was and asked, 'Hey buddy, what happened?'

'Dad, did you see it?' he said proudly. He stood up, his feet spread apart, placed his hands on his hips then broke out in a giant grim, said 'Hey Dad!' and raised his eyebrows up and down in unison. It looked something like this . . .

This was his famous 'I'm proud of myself' pose! After striking the pose, his young-man-voice crackled and screeched, 'I bought movies on iTunes!'

'Yes, you did,' as I smiled and simply walked away.

What else could I say? Anything would have dashed his pride, and besides that it wasn't like he hurt somebody. Besides we can change the password, and make sure this doesn't happen again, but I just couldn't harm this proud moment in his life. He, on his own, had bought movies - and not just any movies, good movies, including some classics.

I didn't have the heart to be mad.

Some days happiness seems expensive, like when he cut the tips off all the cell phone chargers, other times it requires deep pressure hug therapy, or a few yoga poses. Then there are those days it is simply free!

So, what was the price we paid for happiness today?

$122.62 (tax included)


Matthew Smith said...

Wow. What a story to put my life in perspective. Thanks for sharing!

Cotter Crunch said...

with that smile, who could be mad. Great perspective on life and happiness. thank you.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

big smiles from someone who understands.

misszippy said...

Just the best. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This brought me to tears. Thanks for sharing. Best $122.62 ever spent. (hugs)

Caratunk Girl said...

Awesome. This is just the best.

Mandi Runs said...

Awesome, just awesome.

Thanks for sharing. =D

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!! Thank you!!

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Rene' said...

I love this story because I totally get it. I have a sister who has a very special son and it's the little things that continually make us smile. Hugs to your sister and family.

EricaH said...

Amazing, so touching and heartfelt. thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

How many weeks of allowance is 122.62? For me it would have been an eternity. Our Mom was cheap. She paid us a penny to wash the dishes and two cents if we cleaned the bathroom.

Finallyfit2011 said...

That is one of the cutest things I've ever heard! What a doll! :)

Marlene said...

This touched my heart today! A good lesson for anybody who might need a reminder about "the big picture" or not "sweating the small stuff."

adena said...

I have one nephew that is high functioning autistic and the other is schizophrenic. I loved this post.

Nicole @ Haute Running Mama said...

This made me cry. Amazing Dad, with such a refreshing perspective. Thank you for sharing this!!

Fe-lady said...

It's my life's work, these kids. They are the best.

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