My 6 year old son had a field trip to the pumpkin patch the other day. So I gave him $5 to buy a pumpkin and some snacks. He was very excited because he doesn't get to spend his own money very often.
He also had a book fair that I was unaware of because he left the paper in his desk rather then bring it home for me to read. He does this quite often which is the reason I search through his backpack diligently every night. I also ask questions but he always has the same answer "I don't remember".
Over dinner that night I asked him how he liked the pumpkin patch and astonishingly he went on and on about it! Then I asked if he had bought snacks or anything with the money we gave him. He replied, "Not at the pumpkin patch but at the book fair".
Anytime my children get excited about reading and buying books is a good thing. So I was expecting him to whip out a book that we could read together. I asked him what he bought and he said, "Fake money"!
AJ and I laughed silently because the irony was just too much. My son trading fake money for real money just didn't seem like a good trade to us.
But as I told AJ later......at least he could still be a politician! The way they spend money usually makes about as much sense.