Recently I overheard an interesting discussion. It was taking place between a mother and her teenage son. It went something like this.
Son: What would you do if someone walked up to you and handed you $100,000 and told you to spend it on whatever you want.
Mother: I'd put most of it in the bank to pay for you kids' college.
Son: That's so boring. What if you had to spend it on something cool?
Mother: College is cool.
Son: It can't be college or bills. It has to be something cool.
Mother: Maybe I'd buy a car or a boat.
Son: A boat would be cool. But you'd probably get a practical car, so that would be boring.
The lesson I gathered here is that mom's are pretty boring when it comes to $100,000 gifts. I thought about where I'd spend $100,000 and most of my ideas probably aren't cool--college funds, medical bills, and missionary expenses probably wouldn't be considered cool enough.
So what "cool" things could I spend my hundred grand on?
I'd probably buy a car since there aren't many times when I'm going to have $100,000 to blow on something.
I think I'd get some comfy theater chairs for our theater that is now filled with old church choir chairs that get really uncomfortable by the end of a movie.
I'd definitely plan an amazing family vacation that we could take when Bruce gets home from his mission. Better yet, we could take the family to pick him up and then fly to New Zealand--one of the places I want to go before I die.
I'd buy Travis a new watch. He really likes watches.
I'd buy a refrigerator for the garage that doesn't leak. Oh wait. That probably isn't cool.
I'd buy a complete set of the Oxford English Dictionary that costs more than any dictionary should cost, and send it to my friend who reads and gives feedback on my books.
I'd fly Mehmet back over from Turkey to visit. Then I'd refuse to let him go back.
I'd buy all my nieces and nephews (and any of their parents that want one) large DQ Blizzards. And I'd have a Georgia Mud Fudge one with them.
I'd buy a 5 pound box of hand-picked assorted See's chocolates and I'd share them with everyone who wanted one.
And then I'd probably be out of money.
Any cool things you'd do if someone handed you $100,000? (Sorry, I'm not offering.)