Kids are such a month of Sunday Funnies. My little one (who is taller than I am and wears mens size 11 shoes) turns 12 years old today. He still hasn't outgrown the costume thing from when he was 4... We have gone from Woody to Sportacus to Superman to Batman to Spiderman to Dr. Who bowties and suspenders back to Superman with his 2013-2014 Clark Kent glasses and now we are back in bowties, but this time as... The Joker.
This kid cracks me up. The other day he asked whose business makes more money, mom's or dad's? We answered. He said, "Well that's the one I'm taking over!" Well, ok, then. Let's start with the trash! I know... That was mean.
When he was little, about 5 or so, he was really, really into transformers. He wanted so badly to have Bumblebee. Off to the store we went. That thing was $80! I thought I was going there to buy some $10 or $20 toy. But $80!? I got there. Stared for a moment like the $80 tag would transform to something more sensible for a 5 year old (Our first name is not Suri. Our last name is not Cruise.) And it didn't change. So... I looked at his big, cute, hazel eyes and said, "You are getting this, but not right now." We went home and he made a plan to earn the $80 Bumblebee.
From then on the toy was not "Bumblebee" but it was "The $80 Bumblebee" because we had a huge lesson on value, supply, demand, pricing, and earning things you want. The lesson was even more grand when he sold it a couple of years later in a garage sale for a whopping $5. I though the child was going to passout on top of the dolls.
Chance has always been really funny. Great sense of humor. Great skills at math and science. He's a sweet kid who loves spending time with his grandparents. But he is also learning a lot about running businesses. He is learning value. When I entered "life on my own" value, balancing budgets, it was one of the hardest lessons. Same with real estate. Valuation of property is something that comes with experience in your profession and in your marketplace.
Value. It is a lesson I always consider when my kids have a birthday. How I treasure these kids more than anything. How we work so hard to hand them... what? A silver platter? Entitlement attitudes? Or teach them how to fish? How to earn it and value it? Yea. He's learning.
Happy birthday, Chance, the science man! Love every little molecule of your being!