This note was slipped under the bathroom door today:
“Give me the money! Then we will talk!
Okay, so I was 3 weeks behind on Jack’s allowance and he was getting a little antsy for the 3 bucks. He reminded me that I had probably not given him his allowance since his birthday, but because neither of us could really remember, we settled on three weeks past due.
Jack: Plus I’ll take all the change in your wallet.
me: What kind of operation are you running over here? (as I dug through my loose change)
Jack: The best kind.
me: Here, do you want only quarters?
Jack: I’ll take whatever kind you have. Even pennies.
me: Do you know how much a quarter is worth?
Jack: 25 cents.
me: Do you know that 4 quarters equals a dollar?
Jack: Hey, that’s like when you cut my bagel in quarters! Now I get it!
me: That’s good, so try to remember that.
Jack: Enough with talking and more with giving me money. Pretend I’m the bank robber and I’m stealing my piggy bank and my allowance can. (he insisted on a can for his dollars)
me: Alright, you go upstairs and grab the money, and I’ll come up in a minute to catch you. (I do a few things and then head upstairs)
I can see that Jack is hiding under his covers, but seeing as it took me a few minutes to come upstairs, AND seeing as he woke up at 5:40 this morning, that little lump under the covers was not moving.
me: Heh Heh, I guess I’ll steal BOTH piggy banks!
I gave him a few minutes and then tackled him.
Jack: Snort! Huh?
me: You were asleep. Do you want to play bank robber still, or take a nap?
Jack: No nap!
me: Do you remember how many quarters equal a dollar?
Jack: Yeah, yeah, 4, because it’s like my bagel. You don’t always have to teach me funny ways to remember things like dessert is spelled with 2 S’s because it’s “super sweet”. Sigh!
me: But you remembered it!
me: Say it…
Jack: Okaaayyyy, Mommy’s always right. Sheesh.