We finally got the hot water working a few weeks back, but the plumber noted that a filter in the back was clogged and sucking air. To fix this, the tank would be drained, the back accessed, and the filter cleaned or replaced, a process that will require 2 hours or a bit more. They asked me to call when that block of time would be convenient.
Today is that day. We had the first day's appointment set up so I could make it in for my afternoon clinic. Of course, someone had a major sewer drain emergency, and the plumber did not get to my place until 11. No problem, my son is home from college; he will be there to fill out the check.
The check...There's the rub.
I filled out the date, plumbing service name, and signature. I left the checkbook where the sprog could easily remember it, and told him that all he had to do was fill in the amount.
Wait, Mom. To fill in the amount, I put the numbers one place and write it out on another line, right?
Yup, he has never written a check. Everything has been paid with debit or credit cards. He has a checkbook; they give you one with every checking account. He has just never used it.
I remember having check-writing units in elementary school. Usually the "bank" existed for 1-2 weeks, and fourth or fifth graders earned points for homework or behavioral goals. They might have to pay fines for bad behavior, as well; great multitasking by those teachers! During the unit we had checks for the fake bank that we could fill out to get prizes like really cheap candy. Some kids cashed out on a regular basis, while others saved up until the end of the unit.
Check writing was considered an essential skill for everyone in the US. And now it is not.
These times, they are a-changin'...Always and forever.