Charge! (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“A charge account’s wrong to its core,”
Said the dad, who paid cash at each store.
Then a flight was near barred
By the lack of a card,
Until “Here,” said his teen, “I have four.”

Author’s Note: This limerick is loosely based on personal experience. My now 92 year old father used to strongly disapprove of charge accounts. But one day, many years ago, he had to book an emergency plane trip over the phone and was stymied by his lack of a charge card. Fortunately, I had a charge account, even though I was an unemployed college student. So I proudly saved the day, and my father became an immediate charge card convert. 

(You can find more of my money humor and verse here.)

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9 Responses to “Charge!”

  1. Ben says:

    Ha, so true. I’ve been avoiding cards, though it’s getting more and more difficult to do.

  2. That’s a fun story.

  3. Jo says:

    Most amusing!

  4. Henson Ray says:

    When I was in college, I swore I’d never get a credit card as I did not want to start my working life in debt. Then of course I got all kinds of card offerings when I graduated and eventually got my first one. Then when cell phones came out, I said the same thing. No cell phones for me. But then I needed to get one for work, and now they are a part of my life. So now, I’m determined never get a Blue Ray disc player. How long do you think I’ll last before I use my credit card to buy one, and my cell phone to tell all my friends about it?

    Nice blog. Lots of content to explore. I’ll be back.

  5. Shephard says:

    Oh, I like this one.
    I had a dad like that too. Actually, he was centophobic. He thought hooking a cable box to a TV would ruin it. Fun rhymes.

  6. Redness says:

    That very funny and so true – loved it, Thank YOU!

  7. Riley says:

    Ha ha, I love your limerick!

  8. madkane says:

    Thanks for your kind words and comments!