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For visually challenged writers, the image shows a plant pot with a big green plant inside. The label declares it a “Money Tree”.
A Money tree – KL Caley
Dean and Sheila were always arguing over money, or the lack of it, and although she would try to save a little out of the housekeeping, most times Dean spent any surplus down the track on the dogs over a pint.
Pip was a surprise and the apple of Dean’s eye which is how he got his name, and subsequently they adapted to becoming a family, though money was always tight. Sheila had even resorted to pinching the odd pound or two out of Dean’s wallet while he slept. It was never notes, only coins, something that he was unlikely to miss.
As Pip got older, he developed an interest in gardening, and before his tenth birthday, they were enjoying the fruits of their son’s labours in the delights of home grown produce.
Pip was particularly thrilled when the pot he lovingly tended began to show shoots which made him all the more diligent in his attention.
The pot soon had a small shrub, and then a tree growing within, though it never bore flowers or fruit.
On Pip’s fourteenth birthday, the tree was about to shed its pot and their jubilant son called them to witness it. Neither Dean or Sheila understood the significance until the pot cracked and hundreds of coins spilled out onto their little patio.
‘It’s a money tree,’ Pip announced excitedly. ‘ I planted some coppers remembering how grandpa said to look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves. Now look!’
Neither Dean or Sheila knew what to say. They’d both grown up being told money didn’t grow on trees, but nothing had ever been said about ‘under’ them.