I just got an email from my mother saying I’m no longer allowed to write her checks. If I owe her money, the only form of payment she’ll accept from me is hard, cold cash. According to her I “abused my check writing privileges” and she doesn’t find my “obscenities on the memo line funny.”
Really?! Come on – they’re hysterical! A $40 check made out to my mom with a memo reading “blo job”? That’s not funny? Tough crowd! I can’t be the only one who thinks that. And I know for a fact that my brother agrees with me. I know this because last week I saw a $480 check on my mom’s desk. It was from him, to my mom, and the memo line read “marijuana”. So either my brother shares my sense of humor or my mom is a drug dealer. You be the judge.
I was always under the assumption that the inventor of checks did this on purpose. He wanted to make banking fun – and what better way than a memo line on a check? It’s an excellent platform for humor. (Though I can’t even guess who the inventor of checks would be. Is it Benjamin Franklin? Or that guy from It’s a Wonderful Life?)
So no more checks to my mom. Oh well. There is always Comcast. And the electric company. And the water bill people. Surely they’ll appreciate my checks with “thanks for last night!” written on the memo line.