One of the joys of fatherhood is to watch how the seemingly small can represent something so significant in the eyes of kids.

For example, my two youngest each had the good fortune to find a coin on the street within the last week. One found a dime, the other found a penny. Didn't matter as it was as if they'd found gold in the Colorado hills.

They wanted to know if they could play video games with their coin. Could they buy gum? Could they buy their mom a coffee? The latter, I thought, was a very nice offer and we needed to facilitate that with dad's money, not the new change found, but I digress.

I encouraged them to save their newly-found bounty, to put it in their piggy bank where one coin plus one coin plus another coin can eventually add up to a nice little sum. It's easy to write off the joy associated with finding something you didn't have earlier. For me, it's like finding a $5 in a pair of pants I hadn't worn in a while.

However, in the email below, that joy would border on euphoria if, in fact, it were true. Which it most certainly is not.

There are no random ATM cards out there to be delivered by a Nigerian clergyman with hundreds of thousands of dollars waiting to be claimed. Sorry, life doesn't work that way. Hopefully, you can be content with the occasional quarter on the street instead. Channel your inner child for the good feelings.

Just hit delete.

Have a great weekend.


From: Rev. John Clegg []
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:29 PM
Subject: Re: Reminder Notice (Your ATM CARD)

This is to remind you once again that your ATM card worth $450,000.00 dollars meant for your compensation is still with me. Kindly send the delivery fee of $120 dollars today so that i can post your ATM card to your delivery address and it will get to you within 24hours. Send the delivery fee with the name of my junior pastor as described below;

Name: Loies Okeke

Address: Lagos Nigeria

I will be travelling and won't be back till October, so go immediately and the send the delivery and call me on my direct phone number is +234 806 548 7534

Remain blessed

Reverend. John Clegg

Church of England