It’s such a strange and complex word for something so small and oddly similar to Fee.
Banker: Let’s talk about fees…
Client: How about I give you an ‘R’.
It looks weird too, especially if you stare at it for ten minutes while you try to write a blog post but your brain has gone off track with random bank scenarios.
I wonder sometimes, if we use the term ‘free‘ too freely. I wonder if we forget what it means.
To be clear, I’m not really talking about the free that is freedom. That is far too deep for Day 7 of Nano Poblano.
*deletes extensive brain tangent about the price some people pay for freedom*
This world offers us heaps of awesome, wondrous stuff that is free. Air is free, nature is free, clouds are free, the sky, water, rivers and wildlife are free, but only while we care for our surroundings.
Catalogues are not free. They cost money to print and the fancier they are, the more they cost to print. Consumers pay for this. We pay for gimmicks and any kind marketing when we buy the company’s products. We pay for ‘free gifts’ in the things we purchase to acquire them because businesses have to cover their costs. Buying two brocolli to get another free is only free is you can eat three brocolli before you need to compost them.
Maybe I’m just cynical.
Free gifts are called presents, or donations or charity. If you love the ‘free gift’ or bonus thingywhatsit you get when you buy and you’re there for the ride – that’s great.
But it not free – it’s free*