One week ago, my seven year old celebrated her birthday. Not knowing what to get her for her birthday, I gave her a birthday card with a hundred dollar bill inside. Then I said to her, “Sweetie, this is for you to buy anything you want.” You won’t believe what happened next.
Kids don’t miss anything. Nothing gets by them.
Immediately, she said to me, “Daddy, I want to spend my money and buy something today.”
I said, “Let’s go shopping. Tell me where you want to go and I’ll take you there right now.”
To my surprise, she said, “I want to shop online like everybody else does. Can I spend my money that way?”
Then, I tried to explain to her that she would need a check card. This wasn’t easy. “Sweetie, they don’t take cash online. You have to have some money in the bank. When you do, they will give you a piece of plastic that you can use to buy anything you want online.”
She came back and said, “OK, Daddy! That sounds good. Let’s go the the bank and give them my money, and get a piece of plastic. Then we can come home and I can spend my money online.”
I had one more chance to explain this to her in a way she would understand. “I’ll tell you what we can do. Let’s go to the store, and you can spend your money on an Amazon Gift Card, or another kind of plastic that will be worth $100. Then, we’ll come back home and you can spend your money online. What do you say?”
I thought this would do it, but what she said next was so brilliant, and so funny that I almost lost it:
“But Daddy! I thought people like to shop online so they don’t have to go to the store.”