Don’t get me started on allowances! I didn’t even know what they were until I was around 11 or 12 and my friends were comparing how much they got. I remember bringing it up over dinner one night because I was so shocked that there were kids out there given by their parents when wasn’t even their birthday! I wasn’t hinting that I wanted that too, but my parents must have thought about it and later said that if I wanted an allowance, I would then have to use my own money to buy stuff like clothes. I didn’t like that idea at all, so my sister and I never received an allowance, while still doing tons of housework.
It’s funny, though, that now, years later, my parents keep forcing money on me. I keep reminding me that I don’t need it, but they won’t listen. When my mother asks me to pick up something from that store, I really don’t want to be repaid. But she insists, even though I tell her that $50 is way more than that bag of flour costs. But she says that there’s also the wear and tear on my car, and the gas I used driving to the store. It’s such nonsense! I suppose my parents are trying to make up for never giving us an allowance!
Back to Harry Potter .. . The first Harry Potter movie was on tv this afternoon and I finally watched it. I thought it was inventive and cute and had a nice message for kids. But it’s not my taste and wouldn’t have been my taste even when I was younger. And I wouldn’t be interested in watching the rest of the movies or reading the books. But Harry Potter World (or whatever it’s called) in Florida sounds wonderful! I discovered amusement parks later in life than most people, and I love them.
As I watched it, I remembered a TV movie about JK Rowling from a few years ago called Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story. It showed where she got the inspirations for her characters and her struggle to get her book published. It was fascinating!