Friday, June 15, 2007

Hoping He Will Take Care of Us in His Old Age

A: I need to set up for my sale.

Me: Really? What are you going to sell?

A: My paperclip collection. I'm going to make lots of money.

Me: Oh gosh, honey, are you sure you want to sell that? You know that means you give your paperclips to other people, right?

A: Yeah, right after they give me money.

Me: (imagining him getting laughed at) I'm not sure there's a big demand for paperclips right now, you know? It's 7:00pm and everyone is going to go inside pretty soon, and I'm not sure the neighborhood kids really want to buy paperclips.

A: (ignores me and goes inside the house)

He brought out his laundry basket, his little porcelain box in which he keeps his precious paperclip collection, and a small plastic bowl for collecting the money. He has only a tentative grasp on economic principles, and an even more tentative grasp on currency, so I wondered how this would go.

He was mobbed. I severely underestimated the appeal of paperclips to little kids. So I ran inside and grabbed the video camera.


Carrie said...

That is a very enterprising child you have there--who knew there was such a market for paper clips?

Deirdre said...

I'm very impressed!

Beastarzmom said...

God,I love that kid!

Brandii said...

That is the best thing I've seen all day!!

You were so did you not laugh from all the cuteness going on?


Lunasea said...

Oh, brandii, the cuteness happens all the time...I'm laughing on the inside!

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