Monday, August 14, 2006

A Muffin Man Moment

MM: Daddy? Can I have a new toy?
MS: Not today.
MM: Why not? Can't I please have a toy?
MS: Well, toys cost money. Do you have any money?
MM: Umm...I don't know.
MS: Do you know how you could get money?
MM: No.
MS: Well, we work for money. Would you like to do some work and earn some money to buy a toy?
MM: Yeah!
MS: Okay. Mommy and I are going to weed the garden today. If you help us, I'll give you 50 cents an hour.
MM: Yeah! Let's do it!

I wish I'd gotten a picture of him in his little hat and gloves, going back and forth between us gathering our piles of pulled weeds and putting them in the trash bag. After that, we admired our tomatoes (they'll be ready soon!) and went inside for a celebratory glass of water and a fresh peach from our neighborhood farmer's market (run by our own friend Mr. Farmer).

Later, he took his money he earned! himself! and a dollar his grandpa had given him and bought a (small) toy at the new local toystore (Go Bananas!) He was so proud. He told everybody in the store that he'd earned! the money! himself!


Yankee, Transferred said...

OH I could eat!him!up!

ccw said...

How sweet! Buying a toy with earned money is always a treat.

Marni said...

That is a lesson he will always remember! Good job, mom (and dad)!

Suburban Turmoil said...

So CUTE! I wish you had a picture, too. Next time. :)

Pendullum said...

Great story...
I could just hear the pride in your voice...

Ann said...

That's really cute and it's a great lesson for him. How old is he?
By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

Miche said...

What a wonderful tale!

susan said...

That is so cool! He just gets more adorable by the day.

Politica asked Curious Girl if she knew where money comes from, and she said, "the store?"

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

MM rocks. The only thing AB knows about money is that we get it (as well as cookies) at the bank.