‘Mommy, can I get a bicycle for my birthday?” Sean asked from the backseat as we were driving home from school yesterday.
“I think that it is a very strong possibility that you will get a bicycle,” I said.
Several moments of complicated thought-processing silence followed. Then he asked:
“How do we get a bicycle?”
Oh goody! A chance to talk about money.
“Well, you know daddy works all day, he talks on the phone and helps his company make money. At the end of every month they give us money for daddy’s work and then when we need something or want something like a bicycle, we take our money to the store and trade it for what we need. Sometimes, though we have to save up enough money to buy something really special, like a bicycle. And then the store, they take our money and pay the people who work there and then those people can buy food and bicycles for their children.”
Another moment of thoughtful silence.
“No! I mean how do we get the bicycle on the checkout? Will I ride it on the checkout?”
So much for Economics 101.