The following is an excerpt from my book, A Couple with Common Cents, from the chapter titled “Date Night Disaster”.
“Debt will always be part of life!” Jack said as he dropped his fork on his plate. Some of the people at adjacent tables in the restaurant gave Jack a look because he had raised his voice.Tab looked down at her plate. She knew this date night dinner did not get off to a good start.
Jack lowered his voice and continued, “I have seen debt my whole life, and I’m used to it. My father has always carried an operating loan on his farm so that he could keep the farm running in order to feed us.
“So you’re telling me that you want to change what we’ve done all these years just because of what one woman said at the conference last weekend?”
“Jack, listen to me. I’ve tried to tell you for several months about our lack of funds. What I saw last weekend were several other families in the same situation as us, and the hope that it doesn’t have to continue being like this.”
“I don’t see any reason to change what we’re doing. We have a place to live, there’s plenty of food to eat, and our kids seem to be happy. I’m happy. So there.”