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  • Economics 101

    November 15, 2007

    ‘Mommy, can I get a bicycle for my birthday?” Sean asked from the backseat as we were driving home from school yesterday.

    “I think that it is a very strong possibility that you will get a bicycle,” I said.

    “Oh.”

    Several moments of complicated thought-processing silence followed. Then he asked:

    “How do we get a bicycle?”

    Oh goody! A chance to talk about money.

    “Well, you know daddy works all day, he talks on the phone and helps his company make money.  At the end of every month they give us money for daddy’s work and then when we need something or want something like a bicycle, we take our money to the store and trade it for what we need. Sometimes, though we have to save up enough money to buy something really special, like a bicycle. And then the store, they take our money and pay the people who work there and then those people can buy food and bicycles for their children.”

    Another moment of thoughtful silence.

    “No!  I mean how do we get the bicycle on the checkout?  Will I ride it on the checkout?”

    So much for Economics 101.

    20 Comments »

    1. Katie (Roses are Red, Violets are Violet) says:

      Priceless.

      Don’t you love it when you think…”Ah! A teachable moment!” and it goes right out the window.

      Great explanation, though! 🙂

      November 15th, 2007 at 8:37 am

    2. Lyssa Ireland Thomas says:

      I’ve started asking for specifics before answering questions anymore. Why? Because I’m terrified of the “where do babies come from?” question when all they want to know is from the hospital.

      But yours was the the best Economics 101 class I’ve had since college!

      November 15th, 2007 at 9:06 am

    3. CircusKelli says:

      LOL – Hubs will give the kids fantastically informative answers like that, sometimes using great big words.

      I love kids. They’re fun. 🙂

      November 15th, 2007 at 9:53 am

    4. Julie says:

      Boy. All boy. Mine would want to do the same thing.

      November 15th, 2007 at 10:14 am

    5. Chaotic Joy says:

      Heh. That’s priceless!

      November 15th, 2007 at 11:07 am

    6. bee says:

      Oh well, you tried!
      But he does pose an excellent question.

      November 15th, 2007 at 11:18 am

    7. An Iowa Mom says:

      Leave it to a kid.

      Just goes to show we always make things more complicated than they really are.

      I think us Moms could learn a lot from our children if we would start thinking like them.

      I’m off to see what Molly “thinks” about eating a chocolate bar at, umm, 10 in the morning.

      November 15th, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    8. BooMom says:

      *Giggle*

      God, I lurve that boy !!

      November 15th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    9. Beck says:

      I always tend to overxplain, too. My poor children now save their questions for other, less chatty, parents.

      November 15th, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    10. Blog Antagonist says:

      Snort. Been there. Done that. Had to backpedal.

      November 15th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    11. stacey says:

      oh these men/boys, it is always about the bottom line 😉

      November 15th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    12. Andrea says:

      That is perfect!

      November 15th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    13. snarflemarfle says:

      Cute!

      When my sister was very young, she asked my dad (while we were at some friends’ house) where she came from. Dad, wanting to answer truthfully but without goinging into great detail, answered her question.

      Then she said, “No daddy, you came from Texas, mommy came from Louisiana and sister came from Texas. Where did I come from?”

      Ha!

      November 15th, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    14. Kathy/ Lessons from the Laundry says:

      Yes, they think pretty literally for the first ten years. But the day they get inuendo and irony…watch out…then conversing gets fun.

      November 15th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    15. Yamile says:

      I just found your blog, following a chain of links. Beautiful writing. Too bad I found you too late to vote for you:(

      November 15th, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    16. Lisa says:

      You would do well to remember this when the questions of where babies come from start. Simpler explanations are always better…most of the time they know more than we do anyway.

      November 15th, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    17. Roxanne says:

      The boy has got himself some common sense. Good for him.

      November 15th, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    18. Sue says:

      tee hee

      November 15th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    19. FeeFiFoto says:

      A good lesson to learn is to ask for clarification: “What do you mean by ‘how do we get it?'” Comes in especially handy when, in a few years, he asks where he came from. Why wrestle with a complex explanation when all he needs to hear is “Cleveland, honey.”

      November 16th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    20. Dianne says:

      Gotta love it! My sister was very young (5-6) when she asked my dad if he knew how whales breathed. He promptly imparted all of his whale breathing expertise to her, and her reply was, “I know that. I just wondered if you knew.” 😀

      November 16th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

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