Teach your children well
Last night, AJ asked if he could have a box. This morning he rummaged around in the part of our basement where we save boxes and came upstairs with one.
“Can I have this?”
“Sure. What are you going to do with it?”
“Just write on it.”
“Just make sure it’s something we can put away when you go to school, in case someone wants to see the house.”
A little while later, AJ calls out from his room. “Mom! C’mere!”
“What do you need?”
“Just come here.”
I approach his room and see this:
“I can’t. The sign says closed.”
AJ appeared in the doorway and turned the sign around.
“What kind of great ideas are you selling?”
“You have to give me a quarter to find out.”
“Can I ask you for a great idea about a particular topic or do I just have to take what I get?”
Ah, the Russian roulette school of business development.
I went back in my room and found a quarter and stuck it in the bank.
“I need a great idea about what kind of great idea to ask for.”
AJ grinned. “Your great idea is that you should buy more great ideas!”
“Spoken like a true capitalist.”
This true story was brought to you by the pile of Calvin and Hobbes books that AJ’s pored over since he was 3. Personally, I consider myself lucky. I’m only out a quarter. I could be out a babysitter, household plumbing or a car.