Getting Skinned at Lunch with Mother

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Lunch out with Mother always starts with an understanding.  I understand I will be paying unless she tells me otherwise.  Let me give you a little background.  She is a tightwad.  If we stop at McDonald’s for a cup of coffee, she always holds her little yellow change purse where I can’t see it, pretends she has no change, even though it’s bulging, and asks, “Can you pay for my coffee?  I hate to break a dollar for coffee.”  Technically, this is true.  She never said she didn’t have change.  She just hates to break a dollar for coffee.  If we went to a car dealership, she’d say, “Can you get this.? I hate to write a check for a car.”

Today was no different.  We ordered our lunch, had a nice visit, and Mother disappeared to the bathroom.  The check came while she was gone.  She came back, totally surprised to find me paying check.  “I didn’t know the check would come so soon.  I’ll pay you back later……..if you’re not going to eat that chicken, I’ll put in my takeout box…..and if you don’t want the rest of your salad, and that roll……..”

Today was no different.  We ordered our lunch, had a nice visit, and Mother disappeared to the bathroom.  The check came while she was gone.  She came back, totally surprised to find me paying check.  “I didn’t know the check would come so soon.  I’ll pay you back later……..if you’re not going to eat that chicken, I’ll put in my takeout box…..and if you don’t want the rest of your salad, and that roll……..and pass me four of those Splenda packets.”

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14 thoughts on “Getting Skinned at Lunch with Mother

  1. Well, ya gotta start going to the loo before the check comes, Woman! Either that or just sit there until she comes back and tell her that you changed purses and left your wallet in your other purse!! Gotta love your Mom!! LOL! :)P

    PS Happy Anniversary! I think you and I have been “blogging” now for over a year, yes??? Time sure flies by…..Hugs! Lucie 🙂

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  2. I have the opposite problem with my mother-in-law. I won’t take her to lunch or dinner at a restaurant because she always insists on paying, even though she’s on fixed income and I’m not. Sometimes I can convince her to let me pick up the tab and she can leave the tip, but it’s always a battle. It would be different if I knew she could afford it, but I know she can’t. So now if we want to treat her to dinner, we just go over to her house and order take-out and my husband picks it up (and pays for it) rather than have it delivered. Even then, she tries to hide money in our jacket pockets when we’re not looking.

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