Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Midas Touch

Lately, my daughter has been talking a lot about some of her friends being rich. She thinks that two of her friends have Bill Gates-type wealth. In the case of a friend she met from camp, her friend told her that "her daddy is almost rich!" My daughter assumes that they are really wealthy. In the case of her friend from school, she had a playdate at his house. He had a really cool dinosaur toy that my daughter wanted. After we arrived home, I looked the toy up and realized that it cost over $150, which was too expensive for us to buy. Because her friend's family could afford the toy, she's convinced they're richer than us.

I've been trying to explain to her that her friends may very well have about the same amount of money that we have. Her friend from camp doesn't really know her family's wealth. In the case of her school friend, they seem to have a similar type house as us and live a similar lifestyle. I told her that people choose to spend their money in different ways. For example, her dino-friend went to a less-expensive summer camp than she did.

We also told her that some families save more money, while others spend more money. It's all about setting priorities. We also stressed that money isn't everything. There were some things even more important than money, like love. My daughter nodded and said that this reminded her of a story from Greek mythology where a king wanted to be rich. Everything he touched turned to gold, which was great. Until one day, he accidentally touched his daughter who turned to gold. The king realized that all the gold in the world isn't as important as having love in your life. I mentioned that sounded like the story of Midas. My husband complimented our daughter on how she picked a story that perfectly illustrated the point we were making. However, he went on to say, I don't think Midas is from Greek mythology!

Later that night, my husband looked up the Midas story and found out our daughter was correct about it coming from Greek mythology. He apologized to her the next day and said he should know better than to correct her!

I hope first grade won't be too boring for her!

15 comments:

  1. Wow - that's amazing! It's so funny to see what info they hang onto.

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  2. Wow! She's going to be a really bright first grader. :)

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  3. Love it when the kids are right and we have to retract our own statements. Rock on!

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  4. I always say to my kids offten that those who "seem rich" are just in dept up to their eye balls and in the end not very happy, I think this makes me feel better too. My kids think my parents are rich...just because they can go to the movies and go out to eat all the time.

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  5. Sounds like she's got this lesson down.

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  6. First grade?? I would never, ever have known that now!
    She's like the 2 year old who came into our office yesterday. He asked me, very clearly, what kind of printer I was using. I gave him what I thought was the perfect 2 year old response (something about it being "a very good printer that prints lots and lots of paper!") What did he say? "I thought it was a Hewlett Packard." What kind of a 2 year old says things like that?!

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  7. Way to go Audrey! Such a smart girl. My kids also think that everyone else is rich because of all the things they have. We've had this discussion many times. Many many times.

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  8. Um....I love comments...I really do! I also love Lynn's blog, My Life as an Ungrateful, Unhinged, and Unwilling Draftee into the Autism Army. But this isn't that blog. I'm not Lynn. I don't have a daughter named Audrey. I don't have 155 followers (after only 4 months blogging!). Okay, my jealously is showing, isn't it? I am flattered. My name is Cheryl. My daughter is named...oh wait! I never reveal her name! Anyway, carry-on everyone! LOL

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  9. Haha! That is funny Cheryl. See I know who you are Cheryl and I love your blog ,Cheryl. You are my blogging buddy, Cheryl. It's just past my bedtime, Cheryl and I was so embarassed that I called you Lynn that I deleted it Cheryl. Thanks for having such a good sense of humor Cheryl! :)

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  10. Just had to say that I do know Cheryl's daughter is not Audrey...I just read her and Lynn's blogs right in a row and, like Melissa, it was past my bedtime. Embarassing! : P

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  11. OK, I would gladly trade my 5 extra followers to have a genius kiddo like yours! This only proves that we all power through our blog rolls late at night when the kiddos are in bed and we are bleary-eyed. I guess Melissa and Amy read us both in a row!

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  12. Now that is totally awesome! I don't think my little middle could recall something like that.

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