‘Mama, do you know what happened today?’ Yiannis asked me in an overly excited voice while I was driving him back to school yesterday.
‘What honey?’ in a semi give-me-a-break-just-too-tired-to-think-straight-let-alone-sound-excited voice.
‘I found 5 euro at school’.
‘What? Where? How? Did you see it falling out of someone’s purse? did it lie on the ground? What did you do with it? I tried buying some time while figuring out the life lesson I was just about to give him.
‘It was there. On the ground. At school. I found it during my break.’
‘So??? What did you do with it?
‘I kept it.’
‘Well…I guess that is OK. I mean, since you didn’t see anyone lose it. If it were a purse or something personal you should have brought it to the lost and found at school, you know that, right??
‘Yes, mom. It’s just that nobody knows who the 5 euro belong to and they might keep it themselves, right?
In a totally unbiased state of mind I thought to myself:
This boy is BRILLIANT.
‘What can I buy with the 5 euro I found? Ever since the tooth fairy brought him 5 euro (twice) he loves playing the game of thinking a million different ways to spend his much earned pocket money.
‘Well you can buy 5 popsicles or 2 trash packs.’ Remember how I told you that I absolutely hate all the typical kitsch/trash/crap that is made in China (pretty prejudiced) and serves NO PURPOSE WHATSOEVER in the successful raising of a child?? Well. I have come to a conclusion regarding all of the above:
There is absolutely NO WAY of avoiding THE CRAP. Period.
I don’t suggest you should go out and start buying the crap. Don’t you worry. It will find a way to come to you. At age 3 1/2, Iliana has 5 barbies in her possession, none of which I bought for her.
So, when Yiannis lost his first tooth he asked me what I think he should buy. So I told him. Of course he completely ignored me and bought the extra super large value (yeah right) pack of 6 trash packs. BLESS HIM.
Once we arrived home, he took the 5 ‘euro’ out of his pocket and showed it to me.
‘So, mom. What can I buy?
‘Oh honey. I am afraid there is NOTHING you CAN buy with THAT. You see, this is 5 cents, not 5 euro.
LIFE LESSON TAUGHT.
Until next time