Tuesday, October 10, 2006
A Penny Saved....
*Dash delighting at the smell of money.
When Granny was here, I promised Dash he could empty his piggy bank.
You see, he had diligently been saving his $$$ for a Thomas the Tank Engine "sights and sounds ice cream factory" (Note here it is a small wooden toy, does not make ice cream, and retails for $60.00) Santa did not bring it last year, because Santa thought it was a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a small wooden building. Who knew Santa was so sensible?
So Dash has been saving, every penny from heaven. Every dime. He also has earned a little money by being a fantastic helper around the house. He is always willing to lend a hand, even when no money is offerred. His work ethic is fantastic for a 4 1/2 year old. He has raked, and scraped plates, and cleaned up his room, the living room, washed finger prints off of mirrors, washed cars for an entire year. (I wish I could say the same for Pink Ninja, yeah she does not care)
So, when Granny came down, we got Mr. Piggy Bank down, and can I tell you he felt light. There was no way there was there was $60.00 in that piggy bank. Only $11.00 in bills, and the rest in change. However. Granny and I stacked and sorted with Dash's help.
He had $56.00!!
So, we all got into the "truwk" and headed for the bank. We have photos of Dash in front of the bank with his pig, with the teller, by the change machine.
It was a very proud day for him. He was polite and proud, I sat him on top of the counter. He gathered the reciept from the change counter, and handed it to the teller. She gave me the reciept to sign. No way, Dash signed his name gathered his cash, and thanked them. He kept sniffing his money the entire drive across town, talking about how "I just love the smell of money and banks!!"
Then we headed to Books A Million to find the "ice cream factory" for 50%, and with DH's discount Dash was able to buy the "ice cream factory for $26.97!! He has money left to buy himself something else.
It was a valuable lesson for all of us.