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When You Hear the Music, the Kids (and Adults) Come Running

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I was sitting on the couch the other day when I heard kid songs playing and I could hear them coming closer. I ran to the window to look and low and behold, it was an ice cream truck!

I’ve only heard about ice cream trucks and never saw one actually cruising the streets waiting for kids (except in the movies). Being a new experience for me and also my son, we ran across the street to grab a treat. Along the way, we were stopped by a little boy with ice cream in his hand and in a very hurried sentence told me that he heard the music and hopped on his bike and rode all the way over here see what it was making the music. The wide eyes and the ear to ear smile on his face was one that I will not soon forget.

The ice cream was pretty expensive ($1.00 for a push-up pop) and I ended up spending over $2.00 for our treat when we could have bought a quart of ice cream from the grocery store. But sometimes just the experience makes up for spending an extra dollar.


Would You Like a Million Pennies?

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While talking with my son the other day (he’s 4), he found a penny on the ground. I asked him, “How many pennies would you like to have?”

He said, “One hundred.”

I asked, “Would you like a million pennies?”

He said, “No, that’s too many. They can’t fit in my pocket.”

You know what, I think he’s right. Here’s a neat illustration of one million pennies.

Part of me feels like I missed the opportunity to talk to him about how he can put his money in a bank and they will hold it for him. Then explain how he can make money by doing that. After hearing his simple answer, I could only smile because it was just that…so simple. But perhaps I should take opportunities like that to introduce finance related things to him. But is 4 years old too early??