Five Dollars

February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

For Christmas, Hiram got a $5 gift card to spend however he wanted. Last weekend, it was time to cash it in.

We weren’t sure if Hiram was too young to understand what was going on but, as usual, he proved he’s about 12 notches smarter than we give him credit for.

I started by explaining that the gift card was his money and he could buy whatever he wanted, as long as it was less than 5 dollars. Then we headed to the toy department where it seemed like everything was 20 bucks or more.

“How about this?”

“That costs too much money.”

“How about this?”

“You don’t have enough money for that.”

Just when I was starting to worry he was getting frustrated, we found a spot where everything was 5 dollars or less. Score! It was so nice to be able to tell him he could have anything he wanted from that whole section. He was leaning towards the recorder but changed his mind to a harmonica at the last second.

When it was time to pay, I almost cried. My big little boy was standing there, bravely holding out his gift card to the cashier.

“That will be $2.57 please. Would you like a bag?”

“Yes,” Hiram nodded.

My baby wanted a bag.

Hiram collected his bag and his change and asked for help opening the packaging before we even got out of the store. Aside from a brief episode of post-purchase regret– “I wanted the flute,” he said on the ride home– he’s been happy with his purchase.

He’s getting pretty good, too.


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