Thursday, May 10, 2007

What's In Your Wallet?

Yesterday in chapel, Mr. D., the principal, was asking the students to come up front and write on the white board words or phrases to describe their moms. The kids were very sweet and wrote things like cool, nice, appreciates me, believes in God, understanding, and loves plants. Josh was very actively trying to get called on and I thought, "How sweet. He really wants to write something about me." I was wondering what he might write and hoped he would get to go up. Finally he got his chance. As he was writing, he blocked the board and I couldn't see but I waited with anticipation to see the loving, sweet thing that my dear son would write about me. Would he say that I was fun or kind or a good cook? Would he say that I read to him or helped him with homework or taught him things? Then he stepped away and there on the white board, for all the school to see, in his first grade printing, was, "has a lot of money." "HAS A LOT OF MONEY!?!?" First of all, why does he think I have a lot of money? Apparently he wasn't there when I balanced the checkbook Tuesday. And secondly, why of all the possible things he could think of to describe me, does he come up with "has a lot of money?" Just so you all know, I do not, in fact, have a lot of money. I have enough money to pay the bills and feed and clothe our family and occasionally go out to eat. And with out tax refund last week we bought the boys new bikes to replace the ones that they outgrew over the winter. But I do not have A LOT of money.

But I guess to the boy who waits with very little patience for his $2.00 allowance each week, a lot could really be, like $20. And I do have $20. So I guess he was right.


Katrina said...

Oooooh. You have twenty dollars? Can I be your friend? ;)

Katie has trouble grasping the concept of relative values of money, too. Like when she wanted us to take a family trip to Europe, and I told her how much it would cost, she thought she could sell some of her toys to pay for it. And the other day when we told her we didn't have enough money to go out to eat for dinner, she suggested we just "put it on the credit card", prompting a lecture from me about fiscal responsibility that I'm sure she didn't understand.

"Put it on the credit card"? Where did she hear that? Not from us, certainly.

As for a list of your great mommy traits, I'm sure Josh had tons of them whirling around in his mind, but all the good ones were taken. :)

RosieBoo said...

That's precious! I have a friend who has a second grader. He wanted to guess my age the other which his mother winced....but he responded with "29"...which is much younger than I am. I love the fact that he can't grasp the relative age factor yet. ;)