Sam is away from
home for the first time, attending college. ďItís great to be on my
own, without Mom and Dad tapping on my door twice a night, asking if
Iíve done my homework. But I do miss them sometimes, and Becky Ė
thatís my sister Ė went off to college two years ago.
ďSo having our
Genie system is great. I can call and talk to my folks, or to Becky
without having to worry about spending a whole lot. You see, we each
have our own Universal Office number thatís local where we are Ė me
here, Mom and Dad at home and Becky at her school. I just call my
number and send a message or get connected to Mom, Dad or Beck, no
problem. And if Iím stuck out somewhere like at a payphone with no
money, thereís our toll-free number I can call.
ďMoney Ė yeah
that can be a problem sometimes, what with books, and meals, and
laundry and that stuff. Thatís another thing Genieís good for. I
have my own GenieCard,
and Mom or Dad can send me money when I need it. You know how your
parents are always telling you how tough things were when THEY were
kids? My Dad was trying to tell me that, when he was in school,
Grandpa had to actually MAIL a check to him Ė took DAYS to get there,
and deposit and wait for the bank to let you have the money. Genie
does it in seconds, and the moneyís right there.
ďBut donít get the
idea that Iím always asking my folks for money. Iím not. In fact,
Iíve got TWO part-time jobs right now, and Genie helps with THAT too.
Iím helping out as a student aide in the Philosophy department, and
Iím working at breakfast in the dorm cafeteria. And both paychecks go
straight to my GenieCard
account. While other kids are waiting in line at the bank, I just
check the Genie dot US website and see that my moneyís already there.
ďI havenít told
Mom and Dad yet, though. I want to see if they get worried when I
donít ask for money at the end of this month. At least not as much.Ē