Balancing the account
Friday, October 16, 2009
I met my husband when I had just graduated and started working. It was a bit of a standing joke (in the days before house, children etc) when being overdrawn at the bank could be 'funny', that every month when my pay went in, my account just went back to zero. I was always overdrawn for the whole month and paid bank charges accordingly.
My boyfriend, an accountant, asked me what it was all about. 'Don't you balance your cheque book each month?'. What? How could I do that? I never wrote on the cheque stub what amount the cheque was written for or to whom. How could I possibly keep track of how much money I had to spend. So one day at a time I started filling in those cheque stubs, and no joke, dear reader, within 3 months I was never overdrawn again.
Fast forward 21 years to a conversation with my husband (the same man!) about spark people and how I was being very calm about the whole thing, 10 days in, and how much I was enjoying keeping tack of my fitness and nutrition.
'Do you think this will be like the cheque book thing?' he asked, 'that for you it's as simple as keeping track of the pluses and minuses and the rest sorts itself out?'. I hope so darling, I hope so. Watch this space!!