About a month ago, my family and I had a yard sale. We haven’t had one in years…since before our kids were born. This time around, to entice our kids to purge their closets from their much-too-young baby toys, we told them that they could keep the money from any of the toys they sold. That way, they’d be able to buy themselves something new and age appropriate. I thought it would be a good lesson on the value of money and a great incentive to clean up!
My kids each made $30 that day. The project was put on hold for a while, because my daughter went away for a few weeks to summer camp. She knew exactly what she wanted to buy with her money though. She was pining away for a new Build-a-Bear with a super sparkly dress she had been eyeing for a while. Finally, on July 4th, since we had a day off, we headed to the mall for her purchase. Here she is with her beloved new bunny named Buttercup.
The bunny hadn’t left her side for the last couple of days, and last night when she was sleeping with her new found friend, a tragedy occurred. Our dog snatched sweet Buttercup, and when we woke up, this is what we found:
Let’s just say that this bully of a Beagle is in the dog house today!!! My poor little girl had tears streaming down her face when we made the discovery. How unfair! She spent every penny on this treasure, too.
I have a theory as to why it happened. My daughter loves Build-a-Bear, and she has several of them. This time, however, she paid $3.50 extra to put a cotton candy scent on the inside of her stuffed animal. She had never done this before, and I wonder if our dog was trying to get to the scent.
So, off we go to Build-a-Bear today again. We will see what happens and will let our little girl tell her story to the Build-a-Bear manager. Of course, we will replace the stuffed animal for her, but we hope Build-a-Bear will do something special for her. We want to teach our baby that there are rewards for hard-earned money.
My song of the day is Cyndi Lauper’s 80’s classic “Money Changes Everything.” Click HERE to hear the song, and pray with me that this money lesson has a happy ending. To be continued…..