Thursday, February 13, 2014

Trimming Truffles

Last weekend Elizabeth was really excited. She had an idea for what she wanted to make Nick (a.k.a. "Beau") for Valentine's Day. And, you know, my girl never does anything "small".
She wanted to make truffles to take to Nick when she visits him this weekend.
Seems she did some internet searching and found three amazing recipes for amazing truffles. And she wanted to make all of them.

As Elizabeth was going over the recipes and making a list of the ingredients she would need to buy, she began to be discouraged. Because the list was long.
So, she thought about it, and came up with a solution.
She said to me, "Will you tell me which ingredients I need to buy, and which ones you would be willing to buy?"
Her question led to a short conversation about her money situation - what she had, and what she needed. Seems she had enough money to buy all the ingredients, but she also needed money to buy other things. And she didn't think she had enough for ALL of it.
Honestly? It wouldn't have been a real big deal for me to purchase some of the ingredients for her, but I was seeing a bigger picture than just the truffles for Valentine's Day. (Besides the fact that I wasn't sure how Elizabeth would have enough time to make all three of those recipes without putting herself under unnecessary stress.) So I told her I wasn't going to buy any of the ingredients. And I suggested it might be a better idea to only buy what she could afford. Perhaps she could make two of the recipes, rather than all three.
After another short conversation, we settled on two of the recipes (i.e. We "trimmed" the truffles.) and Elizabeth bought her ingredients. And she was able to purchase the other things she needed.

So, Nick ~ sorry about some of your treats getting nixed. I'm sure they would have been delicious and you would have thoroughly enjoyed them. But I thought it more important to help Elizabeth make wise choices, than for you to have three kinds of truffles. I'm hoping to help your future *wife* learn about fiscal responsibility.
You're welcome. ;o)



Joanna Teigen said...

Love that! It's encouraging, after a week of "no, I won't pay to replace the 2nd pair of shoes you've lost" and "no, I won't pay for your makeup, etc. etc." Glad we're in this together as moms!

Karen Hossink said...

Joanna - Together, indeed.
And looking forward to the day when they'll be able to say, "Thanks for all the times you said, 'No.'" ;)