Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kids concept of money....

i love the innocence of kids and their lack of understanding with money. however, i also fear the day when they begin to understand money and want more so that they can go buy packs of 1987 donruss baseball cards in hopes of getting yet another mcgwire rookie card....don't they know he was only good because of roids and those cards won't be worth anything - no, they don't, so they keep collecting them and putting them in a book solely dedicated to the "bash brothers" (mcgwire and canseco).....pages and pages and pages of only mcgwire and canseco cards, because someday those cards have to worth millions. canseco was in the 40/40 club, he has to go to the hall of fame. they should have just used their money to buy a slurpee.

anyway, back to innocence and money. at church on sunday, jack and goose both wanted to bring their wallets. jack's wallet is decorated with star wars characters, and it might even have a picture of darth maul on the front, so it was a little awkward seeing him walk into church in his nice collared shirt holding a shiny plastic picture of a devilish character. goose's wallet is at least simple....pink.....i know, imagine that. goose's wallet has a few gift cards with zero balances that she periodically took out and swiped across the crack in the pew in front of us (which gave me a weird thought of the not too distant future when the ushers will walk around and instead of holding out baskets for you to drop in your weekly donation, they will hold out portable credit card machines for you to swipe your debit card).

as the ushers came around, jack opened his wallet to get his donation out. i was impressed to see that he had a $1 bill and a $5 bill. not sure where he got these, but i was glad to see that he is prospering. he glanced at the bills, and then unzipped the coin pouch and took out a penny.....a freaking penny. i tried to hold back from laughing, but i leaned over and whispered, "that's all you are giving?" being the good boy that he is, he put the penny back in his wallet and pulled out the five spot.....wow, quite a difference. i know our pastor was wishing he could just get up and whisper into the pulpit, "that's all you are giving?" and we all would immediately increase our donation by 500%.

so after mass, i took the kids to a toy store and told them they could buy something with whatever money they had.....

jack got a piece of gum.

2 comments:

Sara said...

see, now Jack will lose his faith because of all the parental guilt you inflict on him!

The Johnson's said...

Hey it's all about the windows of heaven, right? That is Christianity-ese right? I never know when I am vearing off to strictly Mormom-ese...
Jack is a good boy amd let's face it, without any guilt from our parents we would all be heathens. It's what seperated us from the apes.
Meg