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1.My little boy came into the kitchen this evening while I was fixin’ supper,

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    and he handed me a piece of paper he'd been writin’ on.

 

    And after wipin’ my hands on my apron,

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    I read it, and this is what it said :

 

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    For mowin’ the yard - five dollars,

 

    and for makin’ my own bed this week - one dollar.

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    And goin’ to the store - fifty cents,

 

    and watchin’ little brother, while you went shoppin -

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    twenty-five cents.

 

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    For takin’ out the trash - one dollar,

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    getting’ a good report card - five dollars.

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    And for rakin’ the yard -         two dollars,

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    total owed - fourteen seventy-five.

 

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2.     Well, I stood there lookin’ at him expectantly,

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    and a thousand memories flashed through my mind.

 

    So I picked up the pen, turnin the paper over,

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    this is what I wrote :

 

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    For the nine months I carried you growin’ inside me - NO CHARGE,

 

    for the nights I've sat up with you,

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    doctored you, prayed for you - NO CHARGE.

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    For the time and the tears,

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     and the cost through the years, there's NO CHARGE.

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    When you add it all up, the full cost of my love is NO CHARGE.

 

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3. For the nights filled with dread and the worries ahead - NO CHARGE,

 

    for advice and the knowledge

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    and the cost of your college - NO CHARGE.

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    For the toys, food and clothes and for wipin’ your nose,

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    there's NO CHARGE, son.

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    When you add it all up, the full cost of my love, is - NO CHARGE.

 

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4. Well, when he finished reading, he had great big old tears in his eyes,

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    and he looked up at me and he said, Mama, I sure do love you.

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   Then he took the pen, and in great big letters he wrote: PAID IN FULL.

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    When you add it all up the cost of real love is - NO CHARGE.

 

    (Melba Montgomery)