The Value of a Dollar – Ethan’s World

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(When Ethan was 4. Yeah I know he looks older in the pics. Just use your imagination.)

rudy

Ethan, do you know what money is?

 

ethan_question
Mommy?

 

rudy_happy
No. Listen. MONEY.

 

ethan_question
….

 

 

rudy_smartass
Ok. You know how we have to buy things?

 

 

ethan
No. I don’t wanna buy things.

 

 

rudy_authority

Listen Ethan. You know mommy and daddy go to work. Right? Do you know why we go to work?

 

 

ethan_laugh
To take me to day care!

 

 

rudy_question
No! That’s not the reason we go to work.
We go to work to make money!

 

 

 

ethan_question
Mommy?!

 

 

rudy_angry
No! MONEY! Pay attention. You know how when we go to store?

 

 

ethan_angry
I don’t want to go to store. I want to go home.

 

 

rudy_angry
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.

 

 

ethan_angry
I don’t want food. I’m not hungry.

 

 

 

rudy_angry
NO. Listen.  Sigh… ok… You know how when I use money to buy you  a toy?

 

 

ethan_happy
You’re  gonna buy me toy?!

 

 

rudy_angry
No no no no.

 

 

ethan_laugh
Daddy,  you’re gonna buy me toy! I want a captain America toy and..

 

 

rudy_shout
I’m NOT BUYING YOU ANY MORE TOYS!

 

ethan_sad
Ethan: oh..

 

rudy_smartass
Me: I want you to understand… we work and I use money to buy you a toy and…

 

 

ethan_laugh
You’re buying me a toy?!! I want…

 

 

rudy_shout
NO!….No toy. ..I’m trying to teach you the value of a …..

 

rudy_facepalm
FORGET IT! … We’ll try this again next year

( 3 years later)

ethan_question

Where did mommy just go.

 

rudy

She went to work.

 

ethan_question

What does she do at work?

 

rudy

She works to make money.

 

ethan

Oooooh. Yeah. Why does she need money?

 

rudy_smartass

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.

ethan_happy

What will she buy for me?!

 

rudy

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…..

 

ethan_laugh

I’M GETTING A NEW BIKE?!

 

rudy_authority

No Ethan, you’re not getting a new bike. I’m talking about the one you currently ha…

 

ethan_happy

WOW. A new bike. You’re gonna buy me a new bike!

 

rudy_shout

Ethan, no! I …ughhhhhh….

 

rudy_facepalm

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.

 

ethan_angry

Yeah. And you BETTER pay me back 10 dollars 50 times. That’s right. And 1 million pennies.

 

ethan_authority

That’s correct. You heard me! You better have that in by tomorrow or YOU’RE FIRED!

 

ethan_facepalm

Did you hear what I said? I don’t have time for this!

 

ethan_question

Oh! Whose calling me now?

 

ethan_shout

Yeah. I need that in 1 hour. Oh, you know what? I’ll give you 10 hours because I know you’ll still FAIL!

 

ethan_angry

Do it better and for less money!!

 

rudy_question

Guess he learned the value of a dollar.

 

 

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