20. June 2011
By Gregg Kelly III, Illinois HS Student
When I was 11, I thought that my parents were going to buy me my first bike. I was all happy, I felt that I was “gonna ride with the big boys,” meaning my older brothers. I had been asking and asking if they were going to buy me a bike and they said, “We’ll see.” They kept saying that, so eventually I realized that they weren’t going to buy it. I was mad, but I decided to earn the money myself.
At the time, I thought a bike would cost about $50.00. Then my Mom gave me a Toys ‘R Us flyer and I saw how much it really cost. $115! For a bicycle! I asked my Mom if there was anything I could do to earn enough money for the bike. She told me I already earned money completing chores around the house and that I should use that money to save for a bike. Luckily, she made a deal with me that when I earned half of the money for the cost of the bike, she would pay the rest. This made me kind of happy, although I was disappointed in myself because I realized that each week I spent all my chore money on gum, candy, and ice cream.
Because I really wanted the bike, I had to spend less money on snacks and put this money toward the bike. I kept doing this for three months, and I eventually reached my halfway mark. My mother then bought the bike.
I learned that some things you want require sacrifice. I had to give up food and snacks in order to get the bike that I wanted.
Then I rode with my brothers.
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