So imagine Val’s surprise when a letter arrived from Genius’s college. A letter appreciating Val for her generosity, and furthermore stating that Val committed her support to College when she spoke with Ariel on January 31. WAIT A MINUTE! Val did not speak with Ariel on January 31. Val does not answer those beggin’ calls. The big THANK YOU was misplaced. Val will not be returning her pledge card with the $100 donation that she pledged. Because VAL DIDN’T PLEDGE IT!
Looking back at the address, Val saw that, indeed, she had not spoken with Ariel, nor pledged $100 to College. Hick had. Or HAD Hick?
This morning when I woke him, I interrogated Hick before he could get the breather off his face.
“Did you pledge $100 to College on January 31?”
“NO! I told her ‘Send the card and we’ll see.’ I did NOT say I would donate.”
“Okay. Because I’m not sending them a donation. Genius is still attending. We pay them enough money right now.”
“Yeah. I didn’t say I’d give them any money.”
Hick can never make a decision. Not on what he wants from the store, not on where he wants to go out to eat, not on which color of metal roof to put on the homestead. He relies on Val to make his decisions.
Hick needs to strengthen his resolve. Not be wishy-washy. Nip it in the bud. Tell them right away, “No. My son is attending there right now, and we can’t afford it. My wife is about to retire. We have another son going to college in the fall. And I’M retiring in December. We can’t donate.”
I doubt they will stay on the line long enough to hear Hick’s tale of woe. They should get the message early, loud and clear, that Hick is not donating.
You can bet that if Hick thought the money was coming out of that stash he skims from the weekly allowance Val gives him, his answer would have immediately been , "NOT-HEAVEN, NO!"