(When Ethan was 4. Yeah I know he looks older in the pics. Just use your imagination.)
Ethan, do you know what money is?
No. Listen. MONEY.
Ok. You know how we have to buy things?
No. I don’t wanna buy things.
Listen Ethan. You know mommy and daddy go to work. Right? Do you know why we go to work?
To take me to day care!
No! That’s not the reason we go to work.
We go to work to make money!
No! MONEY! Pay attention. You know how when we go to store?
I don’t want to go to store. I want to go home.
We’re not going to the store!! Mommy and daddy work so we can make money. But we only have limited amount so we can only buy certain things. We have to decide what to buy. We have to pay for the apartment and food.
I don’t want food. I’m not hungry.
NO. Listen. Sigh… ok… You know how when I use money to buy you a toy?
You’re gonna buy me toy?!
No no no no.
Daddy, you’re gonna buy me toy! I want a captain America toy and..
I’m NOT BUYING YOU ANY MORE TOYS!
Me: I want you to understand… we work and I use money to buy you a toy and…
You’re buying me a toy?!! I want…
NO!….No toy. ..I’m trying to teach you the value of a …..
FORGET IT! … We’ll try this again next year
( 3 years later)
Where did mommy just go.
She went to work.
What does she do at work?
She works to make money.
Oooooh. Yeah. Why does she need money?
Well Ethan, we’ve tried having this discussion every year for 2 years. And this is the 3rd year now that I’m trying to explain this to you. Perhaps this time you’ll understand how it works. So once again, pay attention:
We need money to buy things. We make money to buy things we need. You need money to live. Mommy makes money at work to buy food, clothes, the place we live, everything. We make money to buy things for you.
What will she buy for me?!
Well, clothes and food for you. Everything we ever bought you cost money.
Like for example, when we bought you that new bike 2 months ago…..
I’M GETTING A NEW BIKE?!
No Ethan, you’re not getting a new bike. I’m talking about the one you currently ha…
WOW. A new bike. You’re gonna buy me a new bike!
Ethan, no! I …ughhhhhh….
Sigh..We’ll try again next year.
Few days later………………..
I get out of the shower in the morning to see Ethan talking on his old toy phone that he found in the closet. He’s sitting on a chair, talking into the phone, and acting very serious.
Yeah. And you BETTER pay me back 10 dollars 50 times. That’s right. And 1 million pennies.
That’s correct. You heard me! You better have that in by tomorrow or YOU’RE FIRED!
Did you hear what I said? I don’t have time for this!
Oh! Whose calling me now?
Yeah. I need that in 1 hour. Oh, you know what? I’ll give you 10 hours because I know you’ll still FAIL!
Do it better and for less money!!
Guess he learned the value of a dollar.