As soon as he donned his top hat for our day out in the 1850’s at Sovereign Hill I burst into laughter. Douglas looked just like Wilkins Micawber from Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield. Micawber is quoted as being recklessly cheerful and blindly optimistic. He is one of Dickens most loveable characters.
Doug and I have always been fond of him in fact Doug has been known to quote his famous recipe for happiness on a number of occasions. Especially when I am balancing bank statements. Having the misfortune to end up in a debtor’s prison Wilkins Micawber stated, ”Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.” Although he doesn’t manage his money well and ends up in a debtors prison he is generous and a good friend to David Copperfield.
Two things come to mind, firstly this was Doug’s mantra even before he had heard of Wilkins Micawber he was always determined to never be in debt. Secondly, thank God we don’t have debtor’s prisons today or a large percentage of the population might be in goal.
My girls will tell you that I live by the proverb “Don’t say that you will pay someone tomorrow when you have the money to pay today.” (Proverbs 3:38) As well the advice of Paul who said, “Owe no man anything except love.” Romans 13:8