We had to be in the Opryland area today, so we stopped in Barnes and Noble for their teacher appreciation day. During this special reception, B&N discounted all educator's purchases, for school or personal use, by 25%. We enjoyed the music and free coffee but still couldn't find anything we needed. My bargain basement Christmas shopping has been completed for weeks now!
My son and I played at the Thomas the Train table with two spectacularly mannered little boys. Their mother sat quietly reading nearby. The older of the brothers picked up a packaged train accessory and pleaded, "Mom, can we afford this?" At which point my ears perk up, as these are children who've been taught something about money.
His mother said in a very low, gentle voice, "No, we are not buying any toys today."
Then my son chips in with a helpful comment, "If you have money, you can buy it."
We both laughed. Commerce is so simple to kids.
Her son put the toy back on the shelf and tried again with a coloring book.
"But Mom, this will be so exciting for me."
To which she replied: "You have your imagination, and that is richer and more exciting than anything you can buy."
I wanted to become this woman's apprentice!