Grace and Matthew weren’t sure why little Abbie had called the family meeting, but they assumed it had something to do with bedtimes or allowances, so they weren’t prepared for the microphone, laser pointer and Powerpoint presentation.
“Mom and Dad, thank you for coming. Shall we get started?”
“Abbie,” Grace said, “why are we—”
“I’m sorry, Mom: we have a lot to get through, so if you could hold your questions until the end, that would be fantastic. Okay? Great.”
The first slide came up. It was titled, “The Dover Household: Strategies and Efficiencies for Maximum Productive Output.”
“As we’re all well aware,” 9 year-old Grace began, “I won the Pretty Powderpuff Princess Million Dollar Sweepstakes two weeks ago. In the interim, I’ve taken the time to examine my role in this household, and I’ve identified some key areas where I think better management—i.e., my own—would benefit not only the general prosperity of this family, but society as a whole.”
Her parents were momentarily silent. The only sound was the cat licking himself in the corner of the room. Finally, Matthew said, “honey, if you want to talk about allowance, I—”
“Now, Dad,” she interrupted, “while I appreciate your reaching out to me on this issue, I’m not sure you’re still the best qualified person to be making decisions about compensation. If you’ll just look at this chart—”
She clicked her remote. “—you’ll see a comparison of earnings over the last six months. I’ve broken things down by department, and, while you’ll see your line is steady, it just doesn’t reflect the growth in my line here, which shot up a mind-blowing ten-thousand percent! I extended the graph out six months in the future to illustrate potential revenue growth.”
“Now, I know what you’re going to say,” she said, pacing the living room like a TED speaker. “‘Abigail Dover, you don’t have the experience to run a seasoned organization such as this household.’ To which I reply, haven’t we had enough stagnant earnings? Haven’t we had enough staycations? Haven’t we had enough boring frozen dinner entrees and basic cable? Yes! What this family needs is the vision and the courage to invest its newfound capital in bold new ventures.”
The projector clicked through a slide show as she spoke.
“For Mom, our new Director of Operations, a workout room, spa, and personal trainer to improve general health an wellbeing. For Dad, our new Chief Financial Officer, a shiny red convertible for travel to and from vital meetings with support personnel. And finally, for our new CEO, a horse paddock and special Powderpuff Princess dream cottage. We’ll get into the numbers later. Any questions so far?”
Matthew raised his hand.
“Can I have black interior instead of white?”